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Take me home!

Pocket rocket Katy Perry’s sky high talent

HOME RUN Perth Heat are set to hit the ball out of the park in a new season of baseball

FINE WINE Napa Valley vs Margaret River - which is the world's best wine region?

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It was the night of nights for Peard Real Estate as over 200 employees and special guests gathered at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre for the 2014 Awards for Excellence. The event recognises the top performing offices and staff for the financial year, including sales associates, property managers, administrators, finance brokers and settlement staff. The evening kicked off with pre-dinner cocktails and canapés followed by a seated dinner and awards presentation. The major award winner for the evening was Jarrod O’Neil from Peard Real Estate Hillarys who won the Highest Sales Achiever for the sixth consecutive year. The event was sponsored by Aperture 22,, The Sunday Times, Printforce, EBM Insurance and RP Data.

















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uch as we love PRIMOLife just the way it is, we're always looking for ways to make it even better. To that end we're excited to introduce a brand new section - PRIMO Home & Garden. Here you'll find features about flowers and, in this issue's case, weeds. Weeding Women is celebrating its 25th anniversary as one of Perth's most successful homegrown businesses (excuse the pun). We also have a sneak peek of one of the CBD's most exciting apartment developments - Lily at Queens Riverside towards the end of Adelaide Terrace. You'll find inspiration here for turning your own home into a luxurious haven. Of course we've still got everything else you've grown to love, - including our brilliant entertainment coverage, headlined by our gorgeous cover star Katy Perry, who's set to visit the city in November. Gill interviews a whole slew of hunky leading men including Robert Downey Jr, Downton Abbey's Dan Stevens and ex-Home and Away star Luke Bracey. Matthew interviews homegrown film producing talent Liz Kearney, the clever person responsible for the recently WA-shot movie These Final Hours and soon-to-be released flick starring Sam Worthington, Paper Planes. Armchair travellers are well-catered for in this issue too. Carmen visits amazing Far North Queensland - a trip that's wholly achievable from Perth for a long weekend's holiday - while Matthew and Gill go head to head over which wine region is the world's best: Napa Valley or Margaret River. We'll let you make your own mind up. We really hope you like your (slightly) new look PRIMOLife - don't forget to enter our brilliant competitions and, if you're on social media, take a snap of your favourite spot in the home or garden, add the hashtag #primolife and you could see your photo in the next issue!

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PRIMOpicks October is gearing up to be a red hot month for fun and games from the annual mega Telethon weekend to music, theatre and community events.

Soulful Sam His beautiful voice has captured the hearts of audiences all over the world and now here’s your chance to hear Sam Smith live as the young Londoner brings his highly anticipated In The Lonely Hour tour to Perth next year.


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You probably heard Sam Smith without realising who he was when you heard his turn as the guest-vocalist on Naughty Boy’s number one hit single La La La, amassing a monumental 400 million views on Youtube and counting. Last year, Smith released the Nirvana EP which showcased his unique fusion of

soul and pop as well as those breathtaking vocal abilities and melancholic lyricism. Now with the release of his debut album In The Lonely Hour, the singer who's been dubbed the female Adele has scored again with an astonishing debut that is equal parts heartbreaking and stirring. It's lready gone Platinum in the UK and Gold in Australia and New Zealand, debuting at number one in the UK albums chart, becoming the fastest-selling debut of 2014, and number two on the US chart, ARIA Albums Chart and New Zealand Albums Chart. Following a slew of festivals and headline shows in Europe and the States, Smith was confirmed as part of this year’s prestigious iTunes Festival. Alongside the likes of Kylie Minogue and Pharrell Williams, he performed in London in September, wowing the crowds again and sharing his experiences on Instagram to his growing legion of fans. Smith also performed at this year’s Splendour In The Grass festival and collected the kind of praise reserved for veteran superstars. On stage Sam is a force of nature. His tour of Australia and New Zealand next April and May is set to be some of the most talked about performances of 2015.  To bag yourself a ticket for his concert at the HBF Stadium on May 4, visit or call 136 100.

Walk your way to fitness

According to the stats, car use in Perth still ranks one of the highest in the world. Each year in Perth, more than 145 million private car trips of less than one kilometre are made - that's a lot of lazy people out there. Replacing a few short car trips with walking, cycling or public transport each week would make a significant difference to the environment, the community and our health. In 2013, more than 45,000 people were involved in walking events as part of Walk Over October. These ranged from walk to work days and an Online Walking Challenge, to local neighbourhood walks, ‘try a trail’ and walk to school events. This year the theme for Walk Over October is ‘Explore’. Spring is a great time to get outdoors, so why not take up the walking challenge and explore the many benefits of walking? Explore your local streets on foot – discover great art, coffee shops, new parks and other hidden treasures as you walk around your neighbourhood. Spring is here and so our spring flowers so why not cxplore some of our amazing urban trails, bush tracks and national parks and discover the beauty of our native flora and fauna? The social benefits of walking are pretty valuable too so explore the possibilities and join a local walking group. Walking is a great way to be physically active and social at the same time.

Gary Wilmot

My walking story I turned my life around during the last three years by putting regular exercise, healthy food and a new motto into my life – resulting in ‘no more Mr Fat Guy’. That’s the name of my Facebook page, which documents mys journey from realising I was a heart attack statistic waiting to happen, to now, with three marathons and a lot less weight under my belt. Aged 42, weighing 142.6kg and a long-time smoker, I had serious health problems. After getting some advice from a personal trainer, I started with gentle walking (1.6km initially), followed by short stints on a rowing machine (500m took me three minutes to complete). My first major achievement was completing the WA Marathon Club’s 10km Fremantle Fun Run, which I topped by completing a half-marathon last year, followed by a full marathon in June, with a time of 6 hours and 47 minutes. I ran for the National Heart Foundation of Australia in the 2014 London Marathon, recording a time of five hours 23 minutes, and then followed this up by representing the Heart Foundation at the Gold Coast Airport Marathon three months later. I was also a Heart Foundation Ambassador in this year’s HBF Run for a Reason and I'm planning a charity run from Perth to Brisbane (over 5,000km) next year. Being able to lose weight, feel healthier, achieve milestones and dream dreams isn’t the most surprising thing for me – it’s the fact that I'm now a runner, something I used to hate. One of the best feelings was finishing the crosscountry course at my old school in Bridgewater, England, during a trip back for Christmas. That was the first time I had ever completed the course, because when I was at school I would run a few hundred metres then walk the rest of the way – even have a few crafty smokes with a friend along the course. Now I'm an exercise convert, and being healthier has rejuvenated my ife. I have a different philosophy about many things, including work, which is changing from a fairly mundane software and web development role, to a mixture of writing, public speaking and blogging, with a view to encouraging, inspiring and motivating others to make similar lifestyle changes. Getting started with running is easy – you don’t have to know anything - just put on your shoes and run. If I can run a marathon aged 44 after almost 30 years of neglect, then anyone can. Join Gary this Walk Over October and sign up to take on the Heart Foundation’s Walking challenge. If you'd like to find out more, sign up today and take on the walking challenge by visiting walkoveroctober. october 14 | PRIMOLIFE



One sweet day

It’ll be a sweet day indeed for Mariah Carey’s legion of fans when she brings her The Elusive Chanteuse tour to Sandalford Estate in November – the first time she’s toured on a world stage since 2006.

Hot on the heels of the most critically acclaimed album of her career, Me. I am Mariah… The Elusive Chanteuse, the bestselling female artist of all time, Mariah Carey, announced that she was extending her world tour to include Australia in September. This will be Mariah’s first re-emergence onto the world stage since her celebrated and extensive The Adventures of Mimi tour in 2006.


Kal goes all

From the edges of oceans and ancient desert lands come internationally acclaimed acts to celebrate the best of regional Australia at the inaugural Arts & Edges Public Festival from October 16 to 19. Downtown Kalgoorlie will become a film set for KBVID, a Bollywood-scale spectacular filmed on Egan Street as well as a street parade of giant puppets, the Gold City Rollers and steam punk stilt characters as they lead audiences to the Goldfields Arts Centre forecourt to be immersed in a multi-media world of large-scale projection art and aerial artists. The faces of buildings will talk in DAADA/Craig Walsh’s work Five and a projection retrospective of Pantjiti Mary McLean paintings will transform the buildings into rich and playful landscapes, while the time-travelling dance of Pundara will weave stories from old worlds and distant places. A vibrant and colourful palette of arts and entertainment including the Art2Go Twilight


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The world tour launches with two dates in Japan, a favourite stop for Carey, where she holds the title of the best selling international artist with over 20 million albums sold. As well as Japan, Mariah will also tour mainland China for the first time in her career. Mariah's Chanteuse tour will then arrive in Australia, where she performed three highly acclaimed shows in 2013 after a fifteen-year

Street Market, colourful parades, street performers will ignite the senses and ensure a memorable festival Goldfields' experience set against WA’s most iconic city. Expect to be mesmerised with an exciting variety of works and entertainment by award-winning WA country-folktronic act Stoney Joe, local heroine Lynn Hazelton’s Under a Red Sky,Veils of Gold Belly dance and Aerial Enchantresses Natural Wings and Theaker von Ziarno.

absence. Mariah's six Australian dates will kick off right here in WA at the beautiful Sandalford Estate on November 2 before continuing around Australia and on to New Zealand, again for the first time in her career. Carey’s set list promises to delight fans, with an exciting mix of her biggest hits, favourite album cuts, never-beforeperformed selections from her number one R&B Album “Me. I am Mariah… The Elusive Chanteuse” and more. “I want to experience the spontaneity and emotion that I put into this album on stage with my fans,” says Carey. “I can’t stop writing songs so don’t be surprised if you hear a brand new song that I just wrote the night before the show in your city.” Mariah Carey is a true music icon and the best-selling female artist of all time with more than 220 million albums sold to date and 18 Billboard Hot 100 number one singles (17 self-penned) including Fantasy, Always Be My Baby, Hero, Touch My Body, One Sweet Day and We Belong Together more than any solo artist in history. With her distinct five-octave vocal range, prolific song writing, and producing talent, Mariah has defined the modern pop performance. For complete tour and ticket information, visit

Brace yourself for heart-stopping stunts by Gascoyne Circus in their ‘big beat aerial fire show’ and surrender to the feel-great tunes of rock, reggae and roots legends Nabarlek, who reach across cultures and red roads less travelled. Images by Travis Anderson For more information visit

Rod’s still got it Hot off the heels of a spectacular summer of sold-out concerts and rocking the opening of the Commonwealth Games before a worldwide audience of more than 1.5 billion viewers, Rod Stewart is bringing his amazing The Hits show to Australia and New Zealand in 2015. The legendary rocker’s itinerary includes nine concerts in Perth, Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane, Dunedin and Auckland, plus special outdoor concerts at Hope Estate in the Hunter Valley and the iconic Hanging Rock in Macedon.  Notably, Rod will be the first artist to have performed at Hanging Rock on multiple tours.

“I’m thrilled to be returning to Australia and New Zealand next year,” said Stewart. “The audiences are some of the best in the world and I’m looking forward to being at my most Scottish for my first ever concert in Dunedin.” Stewart’s just-completed summer tour was named by Rolling Stone (US) and USA Today as one of the Hottest Tours of Summer – wowing fans with a hits-packed, high-energy concert which includes four decades of his iconic hits including Maggie May, Hot Legs, Sailing, and of course Do You Think I’m Sexy. In a career spanning more than five decades, he has amassed sales of more than 200 million albums worldwide

and has countless chart-topping hits and industry accolades - including two inductions into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In May 2013, Stewart released Time, his first rock album in a dozen years, on Capitol Records. The album features 11 original tracks and marks Rod’s return to songwriting after nearly two decades. Time entered the UK Albums Chart at No. 1, setting a new British record for the longest gap between chart-topping albums by an artist and in the US, it marked Stewart’s highest-charting album of original material since 1979. Catch Rod and his band at the Perth Arena, Saturday March 21.Visit or call 132 849.  

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When art and culture collide An exclusive live show featuring Katie Noonan, Angie Hart, Melody Pool and Sam

Buckingham performing under the stars in the Perth Cultural Centre will see out the 2014 ARTBAR season at the Art Gallery of Western Australia.

Songs That Made me unites four of Australia’s finest female singer/songwriters to share stories of their influences, artistic journeys and the landmark songs that have soundtracked their lives Following a sell-out tour of the East Coast in late 2013, interest and demand has been so great that Katie Noonan has revamped the show for another tour in 2014, including the premiere performance in Perth. Drawing from a list of artists ranging from Jeff Buckley, Joni Mitchell, Prince, The Pretenders, Cyndi Lauper, Sia, George and Frente, these artists put a truly unique spin on some of the songs that have shaped their lives. The four singers share the stage for the entire show and collaborate naturally as they discuss and perform the songs, in a relaxed, intimate and spontaneous way. Artbar tickets include entry to the Richard Avedon People exhibition on the night, prior to the main performance commencing. Richard Avedon People celebrates the work of American photographer Richard Avedon (1923 to 2004). With work from 1949 to 2002, the exhibition offers an in-depth overview of Avedon’s achievements in the art of black and white portraiture photography. In the show, instantly recognisable and influential artists, celebrities, and political activists including Truman Capote, Elizabeth Taylor, Twiggy, Malcolm X, and Bob Dylan are presented alongside portraits of the unknown or long forgotten.


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Fast facts

This ARTBAR event on October 30 from 6pm onwards will be held outdoors at the wetlands amphitheatre of the Perth Cultural Centre, Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth. If inclement weather occursit will be moved into the Gallery concourse area (no refunds). All ARTBAR events are 18+. Under-18s must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Photo ID is required for entry. General admission tickets only. Limited unreserved seating. Seating is on paved steps so it is recommended you bring a cushion, blanket or low chair.    What to Bring Picnic blanket, low chair only, sealed bottled water only. what's Not Permitted BYO beverages (except sealed bottled water), tables, umbrellas. Food and Drink A range of food options and beer, wine, soft drinks available for purchase.   For ticketing information please visit

Classic comedy for Kendal


Two tickets to the opening night of Hay Fever. Visit primolife's Facebook page for details on how to enter. WA-entrants only, closes October 31. Good luck!

Hay Fever has been a favourite among theatregoers since it first dazzled London’s West End in 1925. It stars Felcity Kendal, one of the UK's most popular actresses as the matriarch of the Bliss family, Judith Bliss. Kendal shot to fame in TV’s The Good Life, is well known for her starring role in Rosemary and Thyme and has won many awards for her stage work. Recent theatre productions include Alan Ayckbourn’s Relatively Speaking, Samuel Beckett’s Happy Days and Noël Coward’s Fallen Angels. Kendal also appeared on Britain’s Strictly Come Dancing in 2010. “I’m so excited to be coming to Australia,” she says. “This will be my first time performing on the Australian

stage and I’m delighted to bring Noël Coward’s eccentric and wickedly fun Judith Bliss to Australian audiences in Hay Fever.” In Hay Fever, Coward’s trademarks - unconventional, risqué and often downright rude - are featured to the max. The Bliss family are everything a respectable English family should not be. When each member of the family invites a guest to their rural retreat, the unassuming visitors are thrown into a living melodrama. This sublime comedy of bad manners is in Perth for a strictly limited season from November 13 at the Regal Theatre.  Tickets from Ticketek at or 1300 795 012.

Babycinos for Bambinos Telethon's newest way of extracting your hard-earned cash may just be a cracker for coffee lovers and exhausted parents alike. Babycinos for Bambinos has seen many cafes across Perth sign up to provide free babycinos to little ones. Rather than charge a fee for the much-loved treat, customers are instead invited to donate a gold coin or two to the Telethon bucket. In just three months, 70 cafes have signed up to help add to the Telethon coffers. Here are our top three cafe suggestions where you can take your bambino for a mini-cino hit and help less fortunate kids too:

Voyage Kitchen, labneh.Tucked away on the tree-lined Wray Hillarys Here's a popular spot with a distinctly Scandinavian interior. Catch glimpses of the Indian Ocean as it provides the backdrop for Sorrento's beloved foodie haunt. The menu suits an array of tastes including a kids' menu. Try the Voyage Breakfast Board - pork belly, brioche slider, poached egg and berry compote.

Lenny The Ox The latest addition to Freo's thriving cafe culture, Lenny the Ox stands out with menu options which include black pudding with a baked bean jaffle and

Avenue, it's close to the coffee strip but a million miles away in terms of its vibe.

HopsScotch Cafe

Nestled in the Perth Hills, this is a cafe which makes the most of its enchanted secret bush-scape garden, dotted with iron sculptures. It's the ideal Sunday drive destination - just pick a sunny spring day and enjoy a long lunch or afternoon tea while the kids let their imaginations run away with themselves. Cafes can register by visiting or the Babycions for Bambinos Facebook page. october 14 | PRIMOLIFE



In the FRAME

Liz Kearney is leading the vanguard of a re-invigorated WA-based movie industry with her films These Final Hours and soon-to-be-released Paper Planes - and she’s the perfect ambassador for her craft, says Matthew Mills. A couple of days before I met film producer Liz Kearney at a busy Leederville coffee bar, she was in Toronto – and she quickly apologises for bringing a cold back with her. “Don’t worry,” she assures me, “I’m not contagious, but I might be a bit off form.” Well, if this is Liz off form, then in full fettle she must be quite the sight to see – on this sunny spring morning she is bursting with life, full of passion as we discuss her recent rise to the top of the Australian movie world. She was in Canada, she explains, for the Toronto International Film Festival and the global premier of Paper Planes, a film she produced alongside director Robert Connolly. “It was fantastic,” she says, lighting up at the memory. “There were three screenings and a lot of fun.”


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The film, which will hit cinemas here in January, tells the story of an 11-year-old boy, played by up-and-coming starlet Ed Oxendale, whose yearning to compete in the World Paper Plane Championships in Tokyo reignites his relationship with his estranged father. As such, the premier included a lot of paper plane malarkey as kids and adults alike lucky enough to be in the audience crafted A4 into magnificent flying machines prior to the screenings, leading to plenty of giggles all round. And the movie itself – which boasts Hollywood luminary Sam Worthington and model-turned actress Nicole Trunfio as Ed’s mum and dad – quickly garnered praise, with festival director Elizabeth Muskala describing it as “a moving story that will soar off the screen and into your heart”. Liz’s enthusiasm for the film is evident

as she waxes lyrical about young Ed’s performance and recounts the thrill of working alongside an A-lister like Sam, but she admits that it is a very different beast to the film that made her name earlier this year, the critically-acclaimed apocalypse thriller These Final Hours. It was her work on the dark story of mankind’s final day that brought her to Connolly’s attention and prompted the invitation to join the Paper Planes crew – and at first glance the two films could not be more chalk and cheese. While Paper Planes is very much a family film, aimed at an audience aged seven and up looking for a heart-warming tale, These Final Hours is gritty, tough and often brutal as it tells the story of the last day on earth as seen through the eyes of a self-obsessed bluecollar thirtysomething played by emerging Aussie star Nathan Phillips.

“They are very different, of course,” Liz says, “but they are both stories of the evolution of the main character. And, of course, they both have strong roles for children in them, with Ed in Paper Planes and Angourie Rice in These Final Hours.” Like Ed, Liz has nothing but praise for Angourie – and adds that it was tough for the youngster, who was just 12 when the film was shot, to be involved in what was at

hundreds of scantily-clad hedonists would see out mankind’s final 24 hours. It’s a scene that many a reviewer touched on as the critical acclaim was heaped on the film after its release, with movie-goers and critics alike impressed by how realistic the party scenes were – which makes it all the more surprising to learn that it was a completely dry set.

beginning. She and writer/director Zak Hilditch had been working on the project for seven years before it finally hit cinemas. “Zak is a prolific writer. We had been working on lots of things together, including a short film Transmission before These Final Hours. Then Zak was advised to write a film that he would want to go

MOVIE MAKERS Left, Liz Kearney, emerging star Nathan Philips and screenwriter Zak Hilditch made the WA-made These Final Hours to critical acclaim. Below Philips and young star Angourie Rice in the gritty film, These Final Hours.

times quite a disturbing story. Indeed, Angourie’s character, Rose, is first seen being attacked by a two knife-wielding would-be rapists. Phillips’ character, James, steps in to rescue her – thus interrupting his plan to see out the last day on earth in a haze of booze, drugs and sex at an end-of-the-world party. “At times it was difficult,” Liz says. “We would do script readings with dialogue blacked out to keep it G-rated, but we couldn’t hide everything. Thankfully, Angourie’s parents were wonderfully supportive. Her performance was just superb, she has a great future ahead of her.” The other similarity between Liz’s two films is that both were shot here in WA, however These Final Hours used Perth’s sprawling suburbs to tell its tale, while Ed’s family in Paper Planes live in the rugged beauty of the country. Liz says shooting These Final Hours in the city was great fun, especially when they worked on the climatic party scene. They were lent a Peppermint Grove mansion to convert into a den of debauchery where

“We were there for three days and there was no booze or anything at all. We just had some amazing extras who were happy to spend eight hours a day gyrating in bikinis.” Unlike Paper Planes, which Liz was invited to join as producer well into Connolly’s five-year journey to get the film made, the Rockingham-born woman was on board These Final Hours from the very

and see. He’s a great fan of the apocalypse genre and it all just came from there.” The day Liz and Zak got the go ahead for These Final Hours was one she will long remember. With help from state and federal government agencies ScreenWest and Screen Australia as well as the Melbourne International Film Festival, they got the green light to pull together the cast and october 14 | PRIMOLIFE



READY FOR LIFT OFF Liz Kearney's latest movie, Paper Planes, starring Sam Worthington (below) tells the story of young star Ed Oxendale's (right) chance to compete in the World Paper Plane Championships in Tokyo.

crew they wanted. Once completed, the film was selected to make its international premier during the Directors’ Fortnight at the Festival de Cannes. “That was just incredible,” Liz says. “Absolutely superb. Zak and I couldn’t say which was better – actually being in Cannes or the moment when we got to phone people like Nathan and Angourie to tell them that they were going.” The film was a hit at the famous French festival and Liz et al had a brilliant time – “I love all the trashy magazines and celebrity so to be there was just great,” she says – and then on their return the Australian release saw the acclaim pour in. It was difficult then, Liz admits, to not be disappointed when box office receipts didn’t reflect the good feeling the film generated. “Zak and I have often had the conversation would we rather our films made huge amount of money and were slated or made nothing and were loved and I think on balance I’d hate it too much if someone slayed our work,” she says. “Still


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making one that makes millions in the future would be nice.” Liz admits she fell into movies, only realising it was what she wanted to do while studying at Murdoch University – but today she is adamant that she wants producing to be her future. A move into “cinematic television” would be her ideal – “imagine working on something like True Detective, that would be amazing” – but for now she is busy working towards next year’s launch of Paper Planes. And, as much as she loves the travel that

her job creates, she is pretty sure that Perth will always be her home. “There’s no place like it,” she says as she glances at the hustle and bustle of Oxford Street as our interview draws to a close. “Just walking here today, with the sun shining, you’re reminded how lucky we are here.” She’s right, of course. And who can argue – she has, after all, already proved that the best place in the world to be come the end of the world is right here in WA. Paper Planes is in cinemas from January.These Final Hours will be released on DVD in December.

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Telethon 2014

Third time lucky

Never one to shirk a challenge, Moira Clay faced her third Telethon Adventurer’s mountain climb with an extra incentive. This time she was determined to make the summit in honour of her mother - come helicopters or high water. By Gabi Mills

As is the way of such things, it all began with a conversation. Back in 2011, Moira Clay, a well-respected scientist who’d never done more than summit a sand dune or two, met Rick Parish and everything changed. “I met Rick at the Telethon Kids’ Institute which I knew he’d raised funds for through his charity, the Telethon Adventurers (TAs) following the death of his son Elliot,” says Moira. “He said to me, ‘I think you should come and climb a mountain with me?’ That’s ridiculous, I said. At the time I was 20kgs heavier than I am now but he kept pressing it home to me and I began to believe that I could tackle this. Moira who had seen first-hand what the funds the TAs had raised had achieved under Rick’s leadership, took the plunge and joined the 2012 Chamonix Challenge Team with Rick, Wayne Lamb, Sasha and Shawn Stronach and Christine Everest - her first attempt to climb a mountain. “During that trip I don’t think I’d ever laughed or cried as much,” she says of her first adventure which did not end with her reaching the summit. “Seeing Rick after making the summit of Gran Paradiso, well, he was just spent.” As far as training for such a huge challenge was concerned, Moira says that the only way to train is to "climb a mountain".  “I climbed hills but neglected to build on the strength side of things - I soon discovered the most challenging bit of climbing a mountain is going back down.” For her second attempt in 2013, Moira concentrated a lot more on her strength training but again the mountain won and did not allow her to summit. “Ultimately the mountain is in charge - the weather, the conditions for your three or four days on the slopes can dictate completely whether you make it to the top or not, regardless of your training regime.” This year, however, it was going to be different. 

“I decided to think more smartly about my training. I had to prepare, had to train, so dedicated four months to solid training in advance.” Concentrating on a combination of flexibility and mental attitude, Moira worked with some ex-SAS trainers and vowed to ‘not whinge and not complain’ on this trip. Despite admitting that she ‘dreaded the mountain being in a bad mood’, Moira also approached her third climb with a realistic expectation of what to expect, particularly as she endured two rounds of surgery in the run-up to the challenge. She was also inspired to reach the highest point possible because of a very special person close to her own heart. “My mother Margaret had a nasty cancer - she’s my inspiration - and I was climbing for her too,” says Moira tenderly. This time around it was Moira’s turn to be the ‘rock’ of the climbing group, responsible for helping the new recruits to the TAs - Shelley, Ron, and Jo-Ann and second-time climber Karin - with the

hugely experienced local guides Paolo and Alessandro to reach as high as possible up the slopes of Gran Paradiso. Arriving once again at Chamonix, the group went up to an acclimatisation base at 3842m. Head guide Paolo then handed over all the specialist gear required to attempt the climb. “We spent the day training on a nearby glacier - the Mer de Glace - with Paolo and Alessandro,” says Moira. “It was such a lot of fun, we had to descend down a 250m wall of ladders to get onto the glacier, walk along ice walls and do ice climbing.” Champagne finished off a perfect day to celebrate Jo-Ann’s birthday, and the group all agreed they felt good for the adventure ahead. Day 2 dawned and it was time to leave France, journey through the Mt Blanc tunnel and see the Gran Paradiso National Park for the first time for most of the group. “We walked 7kms from 2000m to 2700m where the hut is, which took three hours to complete through lush alpine forests, gorgeous streams,” she said. “We october 14 | PRIMOLIFE


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met many other climbers on their way down including a large group of Italian soldiers.” The hut, big enough to sleep 100, was clean, basic and warm, producing filling quantities of delicious hearty food to fuel the climbers’ attempts to scale the heights of the looming mountain outside. After a good night’s sleep and a briefing from the guides, it was time for Summit Day. “We had to set our clocks for 3.30am and it was non-negotiable that we had to eat breakfast. We had to drink enough honey tea in little sips to keep ourselves dehydrated.” At 4.45am the team headed off, headlamps switched on as darkness still cloaked the mountain, ominously quiet so early in the day. “We had to clamber over rocks at first and I had a fall which knocked my confidence a little,” says Moira. “The guides walk at your rate though and, with over 150 ascents under their belt, you’re in really safe hands.” Conditions on the mountain had been very bad so far this season, making summiting less likely, with only Paolo only guiding one group to the top before Moira’s group made their attempt. “It had to be Paolo’s call as to whether we went to the top - it’s up to him. As


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daylight dawned, it was clear that the conditions were spectacular, perfect in fact. I thought then that Rick’s little boy, Elliot, must have had a hand in it,” she says. Told to bring the minimum in terms of extra baggage, the entire group had special mementoes which meant something emotionally to each and every one of them. “I took an angel that I had given my mum when she had gone into surgery which she and I agreed I should take. I also had a picture of my mum sewed onto my backpack and she said afterwards that she felt like she was with me on the mountain.” Each member of the group had a little toy of Elliot’s, the inspiration behind the TAs as well as a TA banner, just in case they did make it to the top. “We got to the glacier, the sun came up and we put on our crampons. At around about 3200m we roped up the team and at that point Shelley pulled out because of an injured hip. Alessandro took her back to the hut then climbed back up to join us.” The remaining group was split between the two guides - Jo-Ann with Alessandro, and Karin and Moira roped up with Paolo. “It began to feel very familiar, especially climbing with Karin like last year, but I also began to feel that I could do this despite perhaps unconsciously comparing it to my last attempts.” Keeping spirits up, Paolo sang as the small group climbed slowly, ensuring that they didn’t miss each and every beautiful vista despite the huge physical effort they were all enduring by now. “At one point we lost sight of Alessandro and Jo-Ann as their pace dropped off, but then they re-appeared again,” says Moira. The group reached 3800m, the point that Moira had reached in 2013. “I could see what was ahead and it had already taken us nearly five-and-a-half hours to get this far. We were tired but kept going.” The final section before the summit proved to be an exceptionally steep ascent, the tracks were difficult and the group struggled. “I wanted to stop every four or five steps but was egged on by Paolo who kept us on a tight rope to keep going,” she said. “I didn’t notice the change in altitude particularly but was puffing a fair bit and then, just before the summit, we stopped

and I just lost it, sobbing, overcome by the emotion and incredible beauty up there at 4061m.” The small group spent just half an hour on the summit, marvelling at the infinite beauty of the landscape, their achievement and the reason why they were there in the first place: to help prevent the loss of more little lives like Elliot from the devastating effects of childhood brain cancer. “We began to descend and I got down just 200m and had to stop. I knew I wouldn’t be able to make it all the way down, my knee just gave way. So our plans changed. Alessandro stayed with me while Paolo took Jo-Ann and Karin down the mountain.” Paolo prepared Moira for the rescue which was incredibly arranged almost immediately via helicopter. “Alessandro lay on top of me to protect me from the helicopter’s blades, the snow was whipped up like a mini blizzard,” she recalls. “Two men jumped out and suddenly I was in the helicopter and on my way off the summit.” Back on terra firma, as she awaited to be seen by a local doctor in hospital, Moira felt disjointed and removed from reality, such was the speed of the events that had just unfurled - one moment she was atop a mountain, and now here she was about to be X-rayed. “On top of that, all the time I was worrying about the others making it down safely. Alessandro meanwhile waited at the hut for the others and kindly brought down my things before walking another 6kms to his car to drive it back to me in the hospital. He even took me back to his own home in the valley that evening while the other girls remained up in the hut for another night.” Finally the team were reunited and revelled in the fact that their efforts had raised at the time of going to press $47k - with the hope of adding an extra $10k added to that total by the time all donations had been collected. The fairytale ending had a bitter-sweet twist however. Just a few weeks after Moira returned to Perth, her dear mother Margaret lost her fight with cancer, dying peacefully surrounded by her family. “I absolutely love the mountains and I’m planning to return to Chamonix next year with my sister Fiona to spread some of my mother’s ashes there. It will be a spiritual trip this time around, but no less challenging for us both.” PL If you would like to raise money to fight childhood brain cancer and go on an adventure of a lifetime like Moira, visit to find out more.

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communities, the decision to take a 24 hour challenge on a piece of equipment that was foreign and not yet attempted before was appealing to Matt. “My motivation comes from believing in this great cause - Telethon,” says Matt. “Having two beautiful healthy children, I’m proud that the money I raise benefits families less fortunate than myself and it’s my way of making a small difference.” As an ex-professional NRL rugby league player, pain is no barrier to Telethon’s marathon man who demonstrates unbelievable mental toughness to succeed in physical feats such as this. Training in the lead-up for an event like this requires commitment, dedication and sacrifice.

Fuller on It’s no rest, no breaks and no stops once again for Telethon’s 24-hour stalwart Matt Fuller, who will put his body through another gruelling non-stop physical challenge attempt in aid of Telethon 2014. By Dea LaloviC. For normal folk, the idea of cycling non-stop - yes, not even for a comfort break - is unthinkable. However, for fitness expert Matt Fuller, it’s just another incredible challenge to be ticked off his impressive list of fundraising achievements for Telethon over the past few years. With the support of Peard Real Estate, over the weekend of October 25 and 26 Matt will attempt to ride as many kilometres as possible for 24 hours non-stop, on a specialised Roubaix SL4 Expert Ultegra in the foyer of the Perth Entertainment Convention Centre. The machine, which will be attached to a Kinetic Road Machine Fluid Trainer takes no

prisoners and Matt will certainly be pushed to the very limit of his impressive fitness levels during his incredible feat of endurance. Over the past ten years, Matt (owner of Fuller Fitness in Subiaco) has completed four previous 24-hour challenges in aid of Telethon, two as part of a team and two completely solo. After successfully conquering 24 hours non-stop on a cross trainer in 2010 and an ergo grinder in 2012, this year’s challenge is shaping up to be his most daunting and difficult to date. With no prior experience or having even owned a bike, but with the evergrowing popularity of cycling in our

It is believed an hour spent cycling on the fluid trainer is equivalent to an hourand-a-half cycling on the road. Covering over 4000km in the saddle (with training spike sessions on the bike of four, six and 12-hours non-stop) in the lead-up to Telethon, Matt’s training regime will also included numerous cross-training sessions such as weights, swimming and core workouts. It’s hoped that such a tough program will ensure Matt will be both physically and mentally prepared for this mammoth challenge. In 2012, Peard Real Estate sponsored Matt to the tune of $40,000 for his successful 24-hour attempt on the ergo grinder. “The Group is excited to be sponsoring Matt once again as he attempts yet another impressive challenge!” said managing director of the Peard Real Estate Group, Maree Overton. PL You can follow Matt’s progress during his 24-hour attempt on twitter at @nayfuller and if you’d like to support his incredible attempt, head to october 14 | PRIMOLIFE



Emily Parish

She's the co-founder of the Telethon Adventurers, the darling of the social pages and muse of Aurelio Costarella, but for Emily Parish there's nothing more important than family. Mother to Elliot, who tragically died in 2011 aged just four, Harrison and Hudson, here are Emily's favourite things in the world. My painted dress My Aurelio Costarella dress was spray painted by Pippa Foster (McManus) and is one of my most special dresses. It was the first time that I had met Pippa and she made the whole experience beautiful. Elliot brought me together with Pippa and Aurelio, two incredible WA creatives.

My three sons No words, just memories. Harrison, Hudson and Elliot - the photos I have of the three of them are the only ones I'll ever have now. They are my treasure.

Mad Mexican Monday Every Monday is Mad Mexican Monday at the Parish house, something we began a year ago. A little touch of crazy that starts our week off. Tasty food, colourful clothes, laughter and a chance for a little 'Andalay, andalay, ariba, ariba'.

Read all about Emily's adventures along the Great Wall of China in the November issue of PRIMOLife as she and Team China tackle a Telethon Adventure of their very own.


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My Aurelio Costarella box This is full of my dress-up favourites; Aurelio Costarella silk and leather flowers, a Reny Kestel black tiara, jewellery and so on.

TEAM CHINA This jacket represents Team China, a team that prepared well, worked together and shared a once-in-alifetime experience that I'll hold in my heart forever. Working on the team Captain Narelle Antonio taught me about having a goal and realising it.

My Pandora skirt and nude Costarella bustier I was day-dreaming while looking at a Costarella shoot in a magazine and realised that I had the same pieces. These two beauties have saved me before on many a 'get dressed quickly' moment and you feel like you've won the lottery when you're wearing them.

My princess moment. Katie Colgan, the creative designer behind Loui Col Designs (bridal couture) and also a Telethon Adventurer took me on a tulle adventure in this incredible 'Brittany' dress. It was here that I had my princess moment. I highly recommend it..

Elliot's photo and treasure chest This photo hangs in our bathroom. When I need to stare into his eyes, this is one of the two that I stare into most. He melts my heart, childhood cancer broke it. Elliot played with this treasure chest a lot. We now use it to store the Elliot's Army tattoos and little donations for them. His casket was made to this design.

The Elliot Gold Coin and toys This coin was made for the Mont Blanc Advenutre - those who have them know the rules with this coin. The tiny magnetic toys would be in Elliot's hands for hours. They take our whole family back to our time with him.

Costarella vintage neckpiece This was one of the first pieces I bought from Ali Bodycoat at Post Emporium. It was the start of a collection I could only dream of having. The girls taught me about the label, the depth of it and most importantly to wear it. Needless to say I took their advice.

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Far out,

Queensland Lonely footprints on sandy white beaches, swaying sugarcane fields and an outrageously turquoise sea. Carmen Jenner feels like she’s starring in her very own travel brochure in beautiful Far North Queensland.

Far Nort Queensland is the definition of life in the slow lane and thankfully, I can’t see it ever speeding up. The pace of life and beauty continues at Thala Beach Nature Reserve - it’s almost shameless. Located on a private 145-acre peninsula between Cairns and Port Douglas, you’re ideally situated to explore the hinterlands, Daintree rainforest, Cape Tribulation and of course, that famous underwater world. Assuming you can bear to leave your own private oasis, of course. From their stilts, bungalows command vistas of the Coral Sea, forest, jungle and, apart from your roommates, the only other companions are birds, butterflies, lizards and the odd possum and wallaby. Simply decorated, the spacious rooms feature all the trimmings with the crowning glory being the private verandahs beckoning a lengthy linger, especially if you’re treated to a tasty seafood picnic hamper. What makes Thala so unique, however, is its accreditation of eco-tourism where conservation and sustainability is a top


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priority and very apparent on arrival. Given the size of the property you’d expect a huge chain resort to have been built, but instead you’re greeted with a retreat, in every sense of the word. Built out of sustainable materials, the timber bungalows, lodge, restaurant, spa and Herbie’s beach shack (the only structure on the postcard perfect coastline) are nestled into the vegetation. And as I spend the night gazing up at the Milky Way from the observatory, my star-studded night includes guests like the Jewel Box, Saturn’s craters and the Southern Cross. Birdwatchers will be in their element with the extensive resident population which includes the Australian brushturkey, ducks, quails, owls, herons, lorikeets, cockatoos and honeyeaters - there are plenty of kookaburras to make fun of you. All activities are complimentary to guests and joining one of the nature and wildlife walks reveals how alone you are not. The Coconut Odyssey Tour is also unique while sea-kayaking off Thala’s coast promises

PARADISE FOUND The stunning surroundings of Far North Queensland and Thala Beach Lodge make this a weekend away to remember. Top right, the area is rightly famous for its incredible seafood while a ride in the gondolas which glide gracefully over ancient forests is a must-do experience.

turtle-spotting and sometimes dolphins and stingrays. Even those not staying at Thala drive from all over the region to partake in the activities and to dine among the treetops and admire the views from Ospreys Restaurant. Seafood is their speciality - try anything with the blood orange sorbet like the crème brulee and convince your dining companions to order (and share) the Indian gulab jamun with saffron syrup and cardamom vanilla ice cream. You can work it off with a late-night swim in the pool’s grotto or have your masseuse do the job for you at the day spa. At some point, the outside world will october 14 | PRIMOLIFE



SPLENDID ISOLATION Take the time to experience the wonderful peace and solitude of this special part of the world, from sunsets on the beach to sunrises over the rainforest. Port Douglas is well-placed to explore some of the best unspoilt habitats in the whole of Australia.

As I spend the night gazing up at the Milky Way from the observatory, my star-studded night includes guests like the Jewel Box, Saturn’s craters and the Southern Cross. beckon and even though leaving will be a wrench, you’ll be royally rewarded. The best way to tour the region is independently and you can pick-up a hire car from Cairns airport. A few minutes out of the city you’ll notice cablecars creeping up the rainforest-clad mountains. Add the Skyrail experience to your must-do list. Leaving from the Smithfield Terminal, the six-person gondolas stop at Red Peak Station and Barron Falls Station before arriving at Kuranda, aka “Village in the Rainforest. Have your camera ready for the stunning


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rainforest and waterfall views on the ascent and leave plenty of time in Kuranda to explore the galleries, markets, cafes, walking tours and wildlife sanctuaries. Get a different perspective from the river with a Kuranda Riverboat Cruise and take the steam train back to the flatlands. If you’re round on a Sunday, head about 30 minutes north from Thala along the windy Captain Cook Highway into Port Douglas for the Sunday markets teeming with hand-made products and local produce - don’t miss sampling the mangoes and sugar cane juice.

The Reef Marina in Port Douglas is the place to join a tour to the Great Barrier Reef and there are several companies to choose from. Quicksilver is one of the longest running outfits and the smooth cruise on the Wavepiercer to the pontoon is done in airconditioned style. Even if you don’t want to get your feet wet (or you’re travelling with little ones) you can still admire the coral - 1500 species of fish, plant-life and even turtles - from the semi-submersible submarine. However exploring the Agincourt Reef,

which is the very outer edge of the Great Barrier Reef, by snorkelling, scuba diving or ocean walking with a helmet is really what it’s all about. Return to the mainland in style with a scenic helicopter flight and views to adorn your Instagram feed. Fancy landing on your own deserted island instead? Reef Sprinter will get you to Low Isles in 15 minutes or join a luxury yacht with Sailaway for a full day experience or sunset cruise. For the truly decadent, join Phantom Charters for an overnight stay with your own on-board chef and queue-less swims. Just out of Port Douglas you can interact with some of the natives at Wildlife Habitat in the grassland, wetland and rainforest habitats. Cuddle koalas, let reptiles to slither over you or join the flitting birds on the boardwalks, including the large, flightless cassowary bird which may even join you for a stroll. If I had all the time in the world I’d grab a sleeping bag and 4WD and just

keep going north. But if you don’t have the luxury of an unlimited amount of time or a 4WD, about two-and-a-half hours north of Cairns or one-and-a-half hours from Thala you can still get as far as Cape Tribulation on sealed roads. There is a ferry crossing across the Daintree River able to carry about a dozen cars; plus it adds to the adventure as once you cross the river it feels as though you’ve truly left civilisation behind. Just before the ferry crossing is eco-friendly Solar Whisper Wildlife Cruises equipped with a “croc cam” and on-board screens to see what’s really lurking beneath the water’s surface. Once on the other side of the river, you’ll enter the Daintree forest and if you’re short on time the Daintree Discovery Centre with its aerial walkways, cassowary circuit, bush tuck trail and canopy tower gives a taste of what all the fuss is all about. After all, the Daintree is thought to be between 110 to 200 million years old with its primitive characteristics some of the

most complex rainforest systems on earth. Hit Cape Tribulation Road north, where the rainforest meets the reef. Park in the little town and take either the Kulki or Dubuji Boardwalks for prehistoric fauna which is like something out of Jurassic Park. You’ll end up on Myall Beach and then it's sandy white beaches all the way. Even weeks after my trip, GANGgajang’s song Sounds of Then (This is Australia) won’t stop playing in my head. The song is as iconic as the image of a kangaroo bouncing across the burnt sunset. “Out on the patio we sit, and the humidity we breathe, we watch the lightning crack over cane fields, and laugh and think this is Australia.” It ought to be the national anthem in my opinion. Or at least Far Northern Queensland’s theme song. PL Visit and for more information. 

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Welcome to

Beerland There’s an old saying - if it sounds too good to be true, it probably isn’t. True, that is. However in the case of the newest star in Perth’s burgeoning bar scene, that saying’s just been turned on its head. Run, don’t walk to the completely too good to be true Northbridge Brewing Company. By Gabi Mills. Images by Crib Creative.


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Imagine a place where you can drink some of the finest craft beer in our state, eat proper bar food, enjoy the relative serenity of a patch of green over the rim of your beer glass and, best of all, find yourself slap bang in the middle of one of Perth’s most vibrant spots - Northbridge. No, not that Northbridge which used to be strewn with the detritus of people who drank too much, too soon. Put your prejudices in the glovebox because this is the newly rebooted Northbridge. It’s the Northbridge that’s attracting a classier set altogether thanks to the arrival of some fantastic new venues - Darlings Supper Club for instance - and now, like a shining example of how to do drinking venues right, the Northbridge Brewing Company. Seemingly springing fully formed while our collective backs were turned, it’s an artist’s impression of most of our dream drinking spots brought to life. Glass, stacks of windows like an old fashioned beer mug made into a building, steel vats, visible pipes and timber salvaged from the old Perry Lakes stadium - it’s all very confident and assured for a venue that’s barely been open five minutes. Want a bowl of pork crackling with your Beerland-brewed

wheat beer? No problem. Fancy something bigger, like a char-grilled Beerland bird? Of course. If you’ve searched for a hop-focused nirvana, you may have just found your dream come true. This is a bar with chops - and hops built in as standard. You’d be right in thinking, therefore, that there are some serious hospitality pros behind this operation. Enter stage left Mike Keiller and Michael Rasheed, the owners of Beerland, which runs the venue. With experience running various venues over the years from the Ravenswood, the Left Bank, the Universal Bar and the Mustang Bar, which conveniently sits next door to

NBC, the two Michaels were intent on creating a venue which would shift the emphasis in Northbridge from notorious to nice. “NBC is all about providing a relaxed atmosphere in a unique custom-built venue, where exceptionally well-made beer is the focus,” says Mike Keiller. Beer, he says, and particularly the advent of craft beer, has allowed Beerland to create a brewery venue - perhaps familiar to those who have ventured down south or overseas - which is a point of difference to competing venues locally. Equally, he admits that he had ‘no idea’ what was involved in setting up a microbrewery.What he did know, however, was that it was of the utmost importance to engage the services of a top notch brewer. “Our master brewer, Ken Arrowsmith is a real science genius and it’s his brewing know-how which has created the four beers we serve here and only here on tap.” With Ken at the brewing helm, all that was left for Mike and his team to achieve was a ‘user-friendly and approachable’ venue. “When we won the tender to build here we had to ensure that we worked with the piazza and activated the space,” he said. “We wanted to make sure too that the workings of the brewery could be visible from the street so that people could see that it was a real working operation.” As such, Ken brews every day, and will eventually produce around 150,000 litres of the amber nectar each year. “We’re currently selling in excess of 50 kegs per week at the moment, all just for consumption on the premises, so we’re keeping Ken pretty busy,” says Mike.

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Brew ha HA NBC’s onsite brewery is a complex installation which has the capacity to produce up to 150,000 litres of beer each year from its custombuilt brewhouse. Considered one of Australia’s most advanced breweries for its size, NBC uses a step-wise infusion process which provides extra flexibility to create a variety of beer styles. In addition to Beerland’s current core range, Ken will also produce limited edition seasonal brews – sure to raise the bar throughout the year. They’ve also installed a reverse osmosis system to guarantee the purity of the water being used, allowing them to replicate water characteristics associated with particular beer styles. After all, as Ken says, better water means better beer.

We want to stop people referring to ‘Northbridge-style behaviour. It’s time Northbridge became a place and not an adjective again – Mike Keiller, Beerland


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Although beer is clearly at the heart of NBC, it’s not the venue’s singular focus. There’s cider, independently produced beer - Feral Brewery, Little Creatures, Stone and Wood - as well as a well curated wine list with international labels as well as local drops to choose from. And then of course there’s the food - not just for dudes, but dudettes too. “It’s my kind of place,” says Mike smiling. “No pretentious food.” For those after a unique venue to celebrate, it’s also got more than enough room to accommodate the pickiest party-goer. There’s the ground level Piazza Bar, the Tank Bar on level two and the rooftop Skydeck, all overlooking the city, and all of which can be sectioned off for individual events.

For Mike, the genesis of this new arrival in Northbridge is just another exciting piece of the city’s evolving jigsaw of venues. “It’s just part of the natural regeneration of Northbridge,” he says. “I always considered it to be a cutting ede kind of place, with the coolest clubs, illegal gambling etc and now it’s just re-establishing itself as the heart of Perth’s nighlife. “We want to stop people referring to ‘Northbridge-style behaviour.' It’s time Northbridge became a place and not an adjective again.” PL Northbridge Brewing Company, 44 Lake Street, Northbridge. Call (08) 6151 6481 or email, open every day,7am until late.

The Master Brewer - Ken Arrowsmith

On Ken’s shoulders the success or otherwise of NBC rests. Fortunately, those shoulders are broad and hold a talented head on them - Ken’s long career in brewing is one of the most respected in the west. Given a blank sheet and free rein to create a beer menu from scratch, Ken and the Beerland team started from a point of ‘what sort of styles they wanted’, which resulted, he says, in the creation of quite a few prototypes. “I have a little pilot brewery in my garage,” says Ken, "and made about 25 different prototypes over the past 18 months.” Once a list of favourites was agreed

upon, it was up to Ken to ‘scale up’ the recipes for large-scale production. With a personal preference for a European Pilsner-style of beer, Ken also enjoys sampling new and exotic beers, something which in due course he’ll introduce to NBC’s clientele with special one-off beers. “We have the capacity and time to create special seasonal offerings,” he says. "Some beers on the menu take up to three months to mature but more usually, an ale is ready to roll out of the barrel at around two weeks." The first four beers created by Ken are a lager (ABV 5.0%), a pale ale (ABV

5.2%), a wheat beer (ABV 5.0%) and a mild (ABV 3.7%). The classic Bavarian-style wheat beer is, says Ken, ideal for those who aren’t usually beer drinkers, with an accessible, less bitter taste, while the mild is perfect for those with an eye on the alcohol content level. Being a microbrewery, with the emphasis on ‘micro’, Ken is glad that his palate stands him in good stead. “It’s certainly an advantage to have a good one, particularly when you don’t have access to big lab facilities like in some of the larger breweries. At the end of the day a lot of what we brew comes down to my judgement being right.” The modest man behind Northbridge’s newest star continues to experiment with new brews while simultaneously continuing to supply the taps with with a supply of each of the four beers the public comes to expect from NBC. “I get a lot of feedback - I’m so pleased to see it going down so well.”


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Brendan's sixth choice FROM HIS SIX PACK



with Brendan Varis

Brendan's six pack For all you beer-lovers, here's the next column by Feral Brewing Company's award-winning brewer Brendan Varis. Continuing our new beer-lovers column by Feral Brewing Company’s awardwinning brewer Brendan Varis, in each issue, Brendan will rate one of six beers (non-Feral) which make up Brendan’s Perfect Six Pack. Starting from this issue Brendan reveals his sixth choice and will work towards his first, describing each beer’s taste profile and characteristics. He’ll also suggest what he’d match up this tipple with, whether it’s a big plate of fish and chips or a spicy curry.

BRENDAN'S SIX PACK Sierra Nevada Torpedo • American Nail Stout • West Australian STONE & Wood pacific ale Byron Bay

Rodenbach Grand Cru • Belgian Weihenstephaner hefe weissbier • German Saison DuPont • Belgian Readers are encouraged to join Brendan and try their own tasting test of each beer and send in what they believe will be Brendan’s order of preference (ie from sixth to first). Did you pick his sixth choice? If so, you’ll go into the draw to win dinner for two at Feral Brewery’s restaurant in the Swan Valley. And for the readers who guess what the top choice is, there’s a special prize - a carton of each of Feral’s beers. Good luck!

Nail Stout by Nail Brewing Australia

Nail Brewing is one of the Australian pioneers of the current craft brewing movement that is sweeping Australia and the world. Their stout is a little known and incredibly underrated beer. Many of you may be familiar with Guinness which is a classic dry Irish stout. By contrast Nail Stout is an oatmeal stout. It has a fuller body and the use of oats gives it a slick and luscious mouthfeel. Add to this a beautiful coffee/chocolate sweetness which is achieved from the very skillful use of six different malt varieties and you have a beer that is great for drinking all year round, not just winter which is when many people look to choosing a stout in their glass. One of the best beer and food matches I know is Nail Stout with a rich flourless chocolate cake.




Magic in Maylands

Chapels on Whatley is the kind of place you want to keep to yourself. After all, a magical, mystery tour of Asia awaits you if you step through its doors discovers an enchanted Gabi Mills. Images by Crib Creative.

What seems like another lifetime ago now, I used to live abroad in the Philippines, Mauritius and Phuket. As a result I’ve never quite got over the kaleidoscopic beauty of those places, both in terms of the landscapes around me and the food on my plate. Of course I’m not saying that WA’s own brand of knock-out vistas and tasting plates are the poor cousins; it’s just that Asia does have a special something when it comes to delivering mouth-watering experiences across the board. I’ve long-searched here for a properly authentic Asian dining experience - pretty difficult when you live in the venue-poor northern suburbs where it’s considered exotic to order extra pickle with your burger. A chance discovery, like Alice falling through the rabbit hole, found me in Chapels on Whatley and I had to pinch myself that I hadn’t slipped into another dimension because this place is simply extraordinary.

From the street, it looks like a normal cafe, a few tables and chairs sit outside in the spring sunshine. Walk through the doors and, to misquote Dorothy, this ain’t Kansas anymore, Toto. It’s as if the whole building has been transplanted from a Shanghai side street and plonked right here in the heart of Perth. Walls are festooned with parasols, paintings and carvings, the raw stone the perfect backdrop to the display of giant Klimt paintings, original artworks and delicate paper fans. Glass cabinets are filled with bespoke tea sets, Japanese kokeshi, or naive art wooden toys, from the north island.

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IT'S TEATIME Below, Kieth Archer is co-owner of one of a unique Perth cafe - Chapels on Whatley. It's a treasure-trove of pan-Asian artefacts and collectables as well as a brilliant place to enjoy truly authentic food from around south east Asia.

Move through the main room and out into a little sunspot of a courtyard, before arriving in a back room where once again you’ll be tempted to fill your own shelves with the fine Wedgewood and Versace porcelain sitting next to original Chinese works of art. It’s like I’ve stepped out of my very own Tardis and through a portal to all the very best elements of Asian artistic expression, and I haven’t even mentioned the wall of tea. Indulge in a bottomless teacup of any


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tea you’d care to try, all specially imported by Chapels from refined English Rose to a French-style Crème de la Crème, from an intense Chinese black tea like Royal Keemun Black to the deliciously different Black Dragon or Oolong teas. It’s all the inspired brainchild of owners and partners Kieth Archer and Glenn Bartel, a natural evolution from their other venture, Chapels Emporium just down the road. “We started out just with furniture and tea,” says Kieth, “and it grew from there.” Key to the cafe’s success is the century-old building itself which has organically changed and grown under the loving care of its owners who took over some five years ago. “We worked for years to bring it back to its former glory,” says Kieth. The building, was originally built as a haberdashery, and over 100 years has housed

many businesses, including the local grocery, clothing boutique, second hand furniture store to name a few. In its final incarnation it was a funeral parlour - Chapels - and was one of Perth’s more well-known establishments, being the first to introduce pre-paid funeral services. Drawing on his upbringing in Eurasia, Glenn wanted the building to enjoy a new lease of life based on his childhood home in Singapore. It’s this influence which gives Chapels its distinctive ‘otherworldy’ sense, and authentic atmosphere. Chapels’ vast collection of decorative pieces are imported and hand-chosen by the team from all over China, Tibet, Mongolia, Japan,Vietnam, Singapore, India and Malaysia, finding a ready fanbase right here in WA. “We love the way you can blend each

item with modern design and the history and symbolism gives any interior a soul and brings many beliefs and wishes with it,” says Kieth. “These items are a fantastic centrepiece or signature item for any room” Back to the food. If all this beauty surrounding each table is designed to give you an appetite, then consider it a job well done.  The extensive menu is like taking a walk through all of Asia’s greatest hits from Singaporean curry chicken to Peking duck and orange salad, tom yum king prawn soup and bao steam buns. However it’s one dish in particular which brings devotees back time and time again. The beef rendang, tender slowcooked pieces of beef are made dreamy and unctuous, bathed in coconut milk, kaffir lime leaves and lemongrass. Even the little pickled sour salad on the side is heavenly.


One bowl is not enough for one lifetime; multiple visits will be required so think carefully before you order. It’s likely to be a long-term relationship. Toby Uhlrich mentors the kitchen team, a highly accomplished chef with decades of experience running venues in Perth.Thanks to Toby, the eclectic menu is a real high point. “We’ve got over 30 staff here, with May and Anna, sisters brought up in a Vietnamese household, in charge of the kitchen while a Japanese pastry chef, Miho Duke, looks after the high tea offering. Our cakes and desserts are made in-house,” says Kieth of the popular Eurasian-style macarons and fancies which make the Chapels high tea oh-sodifferent from your run of the mill fondant fancy and sandwich offering. Kieth, who designs all the cafe’s glassware, including a range of teapots and cups which is then made in China is a

tea expert and regularly returns to China with Glenn to source new and interesting varieties. “We’ve been importing tea for over seven years and head over there three to four times a year,” he says. “Chrysanthemum tea is amazing for instance - teas are treated like wine over there but unlike wine have no international standard. Cultures all over the world treat their cuppa differently; here in Australia we like black teas, and new flavours are being developed all the time.” It’s possible to eat from morning til night at Chapels, with traditional Eurasian brekkies like rice congee or jook served happily alongside bacon and eggs or a stack of kim chee pancakes. Just make sure you bring your appetite and sense of adventure. A visit to Chapels on Whatley is like a whirlwind tour of Asia in a teacup. PL

A Chapels tea set designed by Kieth and high tea for two at Chapels on Whatley. Visit PRIMOLife's Facebook page or au for details on how to enter. WA-entrants only. Closes October 31. Good luck!

Mee Hoon (Rice vermicelli noodle omelette) This delicious dish encompasses Chapel on Whatley’s fabulous pan-Asian repertoire - rice noodles with shiitake mushrooms, bean sprouts, spring onions, sesame oil and eggs served with a sweet chilli condiment garnished with coriander Ingredients ½ cup soaked vermicelli rice noodles ¼ cup sliced red onions 1 teaspoon minced garlic 1 teaspoon chopped milk chilli ¼ cup sliced spring onion 2 sliced mushrooms  (preferably shitake)  3 eggs ½ cup bean shoots 1 teaspoon sesame oil 1 teaspoon light soy sauce Garnish Sweet chilli sauce Coriander leaves Fried shallots Java sambal

Method In a hot wok add one teaspoon of oil, garlic, onion, chilli and brown. Add the spring onion, shitake mushrooms, vermicelli noodles, sesame oil, soy sauce and stir-fry. Pour beaten eggs over stir fry and sprinkle in all of the bean shoots. Leave to cook for two minutes and then turn it over and cook for a further two minutes or until crispy and brown on the outside. Turn out onto a plate and fold in half.  Garnish with sweet chilli sauce, coriander leaves, fried shallots and serve with Java sambal on the side.  october 14 | PRIMOLIFE



Grape escapes Two of the world’s most famous wine areas - Napa Valley and Margaret River - go head to head in PRIMOLife’s ultimate face-off with Gill Pringle championing the American giant while Matthew Mills vouches for the Aussie newcomer. Who steals the crown? Well, that’s up to you.

Napa Valley by Gill Pringle

“When you know too much about wine, it removes all the romance because it really is a science. It’s much more fun to not know everything,” soothes Victoria at Tamber Bey Vineyards as I sip a delicious Dijon


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Chardonnay and confess to my lack of sommelier skills. I’m not even a fauxmmelier. I even toyed with the notion of writing this piece, Bridget Jones’s Diary style, totting up my daily wine consumption in units rather than by label. Embarking on a four day tour of California’s Napa Valley, I soon discovered that a lack of wine expertise is no drawback in a world-famous wine growing region with so much more to offer than vino, such as some of the finest dining in the world, beautiful countryside, extensive bike trails, natural hot springs and geysers, a petrified forest and even a vintage wine train because, let’s face it, nobody wants to be the designated driver in wine country. About 100km north of San Francisco, Napa valley is a 50km region nestled around Route 29, with Calistoga in the north, meandering down through St Helena, Rutherford, Oakville,Yountville and finally, old town Napa. And while only 4% of California wines

CALIFORNIA DREAMING Napa Valley has long been seen by wine lovers as a kind of paradise, the 50km region packed with stars of the wine world - and a wine train for good measure (below and left).

are actually grown in Napa valley, it’s one of the most famous wine-growing regions in the world, the valley vintners reading like a Who’s Who of wine: Mondavi, Charles Krug, Cakebread, Sutter Home, Beringer and Mumm Napa plus Francis Ford Coppola’s lovingly restored historic Inglenook winery among scores of other celebrated labels. Established as a wine-growing region two centuries ago, the French once sneered at California wines, rattled from their snooty perch after the Paris Wine Tasting of 1976 when French judges carried out blind tasting comparisons of top-quality wines from both France and California. When Napa’s Stag’s Leap Cabernet Sauvignon tasted best in the red category, the French were devastated, prompting 2008 dramedy Bottle Shock starring Alan Rickman. Presiding half way down the valley in St Helena is the imposing campus of the CIA. Not that CIA but the other one: The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone, an apt setting for this prestigious culinary school given its proximity to Napa’s seven Michelin-starred eateries: French Laundry and Bouchon in Yountville, Terra and Meadowood in St. Helena, Auberge du Soleil in Rutherford, La Toque in Napa and Solbar in Calistoga. It’s certainly easy to drink a lot of wine

in Napa, a delightfully sleepy region where tipsy cyclists pose more of a hazard than drivers. For example, let me tell you about one perfectly delicious and, as it turned out, quite intoxicating day which began by waking up in the crisp white linens of Chateau de Vie, a small and elegant bed & breakfast in Calistoga run by the hilariously entertaining Felipe and Peter. After ditching our teenager at a sleep-

away camp some 160km away, my husband and I had arrived the night before, long after dark when Felipe had waited up for us, insisting we soak in the hot tub, surrounded by Chateau de Vie’s own vineyard and what turned out to be a starry, starry night. Had he known we would witness our first meteor shower while sipping on CDV’s own Cabernet Sauvignon? Probably. He’s that kind of guy. So by breakfast we were firm friends, Felipe serving up fluffy scrambled eggs with shiitake mushrooms, shallots and crème fraîche on a picturesque veranda. There was fresh coffee and juice of course, but the real heart-starter was the chilled glass of house Chardonnay. “We do this in honour of the original vintners who met monthly over a breakfast of scrambled eggs and Chardonnay,” he explained. The last time I drank wine at 8am was probably as a student at the tail end of an all-nighter but, in this instance, it would have been rude to say no. From here we rented bicycles from Brad Suhr at Calistoga Bike Shop. Brad was extremely knowledgeable with lots of suggestions for easy and not so easy day tours as well as catering to an exclusive clientele for private guided tours, some lasting over 10-day biking and hiking trips. Pedalling on beach cruisers to Tamber october 14 | PRIMOLIFE



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Bey vineyards, our route offered a sneaky free peek of Calistoga’s Old Faithful Geyser, erupting 100ft plumes of scalding water every half hour. At picturesque Tamber Bey, forget the cheese, this being the only vineyard offering unique “cookie pairings” with their wine tasting. Think buttery lemon loops with DCV Dijon Chardonnay or Cherry Pepper Poppers with Sun Chase Pinot. Even more priceless was Victoria’s commentary, “grapefruit and love", (Chardonnay) or “Such a diva!” (Pinot Noir). Weaving our wobbly way back to the bike shop, careful to take the designated paths, we arrived just in time to freshen up before lunch at Solbar, the signature restaurant at Calistoga’s picturesque palmlined luxury resort, Solage. Friends had already counseled:


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“Whatever soup is on the menu, you must order it,” which proved sage advice, ordering the only soup on the day’s menu, a chilled corn confection; a deliciousness that defies description. If chicken is usually reserved for bland wedding fare, then we heeded our waitress's recommendation despite far more tempting

options and, after a single bite, conferred it as the most scrumptious bird ever tasted; high praise for an oft-overlooked choice. With a daily-changing menu created by chef Brandon Sharp, trained by Thomas Keller at French Laundry, it seems cruel to even mention the exquisite chocolate marquise made from Grand Marnier crème anglaise, pistachio and cocoa, lest it not be offered when you visit. With everything feeling just perfect in the world, we hitched a ride into old town Napa, checking in at the Napa River Inn at historic Napa Mill right on the riverfront. Situated in the restored classic architecture of the 1884 Hatt Building, it’s the perfect starting point from which to walk to all the neighboring restaurants without getting into too much trouble. Boasting its own resident ghost, even

Fast facts • Napa wine tastings are mostly by appointment only, an ordinance designed to curtail over-crowding and too much partying so be sure to book ahead. With 250+ wineries open to the public, research ahead of time at htm. Here’s a couple of our favourites: TOUR DE FORCE The green and pleasant Napa Valley is the perfect place to spend many days meandering from winery to winery, eating the delicious local produce and soaking up the historic atmosphere.

a full-on haunting would not stir us from an afternoon siesta before being pampered with a couple’s massage at the hotel’s spa where we continued on a theme, mildly intoxicated again, gently rubbed with NV Organics Chardonnay lotion. With barely two hours to freshen up, we strolled over to TORC on 1140 Main Street, indulging in chef Sean O’Toole’s squash blossom Fritto Misto, followed by pacific yellowfin tuna served with summer truffle, taggiasca olive and green tomato jus. Feeling much like Monty Python’s Mr Creosote, we still found room for a ginger panna cotta, yellow peaches, raspberries, almond and toasted vanilla. Since our visit, it was been well reported that Napa experienced a 6.0 magnitude earthquake. Most of the damage was limited to a few of the historic old buildings in old town Napa, but many wineries also suffered losses of bottles and barrels. The good news is that nearly all of the businesses and wineries have cleaned up, reopened and hosting visitors again. Napa, in the end is as much about dining and cycling and chilling as it is about wine. Even a teetotaller can find plenty of reason to rejoice. ••

Staglin Family Vineyards, Rutherford: Both picturesque and state-of-the-art, you may recognise the Staglin farmhouse from the movie Parent Trap where Dennis Quaid hosted his “twin daughters” played by a young Lindsay Lohan. Visit Etude Wines, Napa: Specialises in pinot varieties. Ask for Tammy who offers an amusing demonstration of why wine glass design really does matter. Etude has “sister” vineyards in Australia. Visit   • Baths at Roman Spa, Calistoga. Dubbed as a “mud & mineral adventure”, never overlook the humorous potential of being coated in thick grey mud, made from local volcanic ash mixed with natural peat and mineral water. Visit   • Napa Valley Wine Train. All on board! Forget crappy train food and dine on chef Kelly Macdonald’s five-course gourmet meal with wine pairings on board a meticulously restored antique train over a leisurely three-hour round trip between Napa town and St Helena. Each carriage offers fine views although we opted for the Champagne Vista Dome, its glass roof offering optimum panoramas while feasting on smoked salmon crepes, green apple endive salad, grilled local lamb chops, fresh fruit and sorbet followed by

coffee and truffle chocolates. Visit   • 1313 Main Street, Napa. If most other bars only a measly “by the glass” wine menu, then dazzling young sommelier Jordan Nova hears you. Thanks to cutting edge technology, Mr Nova serves, by the glass, from more than 400 vintage labels beyond your wildest dreams. Live like a king and sample that 2005 Louis Roederer Cristal you’ve long coveted. Visit   • Oxbow Public Market, 610 First Street, Napa. Oxbow Public Market is the local gathering place for great food and wine in the Napa Valley and downtown Napa. The 40,000 square foot marketplace, which includes a scenic outdoor deck with seating along the Napa River, features a diverse mixture of local food vendors, artisan cafes and an organic produce outlet for local farms. Visit   • Azzurro Pizzeria & Enoteca, 1260 Main Street, Napa. Want to know where the locals go? Azzurro Pizzeria & Enoteca is more that a pizza joint. Chef owner Michael Gyetvan learned under the tutelage of Michael Chiarello serving up the valley’s best pizzas, inspired pasta specialties and locally sourced, seasonal salads and other daily specials. Local vintners eat here often. Visit   • Lucy at Bardessono, 6526 Yount Street, Yountville. Acclaimed Napa Valley Chef Victor Scargle is at the helm of the signature restaurant at the Bardessono Resort and Spa. Long a fan of farm-to-fork cuisine, Scargle also oversees an extensive on-site garden, from which he sources ingredients for his ever changing menu. Visit   • Goose and Gander, 1245 Spring Street, St. Helena. Known as the Valley’s “Main Street”, St. Helena is the quintessential American small town, with classic buildings lovingly restored to evoke a sense of simpler days gone by. Housed in the historic Martini House, Goose & Gander offers both inside dining (the fireplace is especially inviting during the Valley’s “Cabernet Season” from November - March) and al fresco dining on their beautiful patio. Especially known for their killer signature cocktails, because one can only drink so much wine. Visit  october 14 | PRIMOLIFE



napa vs margaret river kitchen area is elegant yet practical. A fridge held most of the contents of our pre-ordered chef ’s hamper from nearby Lamont’s at Smiths Beach Resort – beautiful tapas style nibbles that were to be our evening meal – and mouth-watering breakfast fare in the same vein. Think free range eggs, homemade hollandaise sauce and prosciutto. There’s no restaurant on site, but the retreat will happily source the most delicious morsels you could ask for. The spa offers a quite fabulous private chef service, a luxury that simply can’t be matched – what’s not to love about an expert

Margaret River by matthew mills

Of course There was a bottle of wine waiting for us when we finally tumbled into our beautiful villa at Injidup Spa Retreat – the first of many we were going to see over the next couple of days. This wasn’t, however, the early moments of some boozy bucks weekend. In fact, the 2013 Lamont’s Trio was one of only a few that we opened ourselves and enjoyed every last drop of. No, the highlight of our escape down south was to be a day-long food and wine tour that has garnered a fantastic reputation among both foodies and lovers of the grape, a unique experience that weaves its way around some of Margaret River’s most mesmerising wineries. We’d heard great things about it and were determined to check it out for ourselves, but first we had some serious relaxing to do – we had just checked into one the region’s most glorious luxury hideaways, so Harvest Tours could wait ’til the morning. The drive south from Perth is always an exciting one. Margaret River boasts so many beautiful attractions, adventures to be


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had and secrets to discover that the moment you punch through the city’s industrial sprawl and out into the bush, your heart leaps at the treats in store. On this roadtrip, however, my wife and I were even more excited than normal, full of the knowledge that we were headed to a resort that has a reputation as being a jewel in the region’s crown. Ten minutes or so outside Dunsborough, the retreat is hidden away high on a stretch of coastline that has genuinely stunning views of the Indian Ocean. In fact, stunning doesn’t do them justice – in a state that has more than its fair share of ocean views, the scene the retreat’s 10 villas oversee may well be the greatest of them all. And Injidup’s designers have capitalised on this fact brilliantly - each of the villas is built to ensure that the ocean is always there with you. To the front, two comfortable sunloungers sit on a classic wood deck next to a sumptuous plunge pool, heated to a luxurious 32 deg C so spring-time dips are just perfect. There’s a barbecue too, ready to cook up some culinary treats. Expansive glass sliding doors front the villa itself, ensuring none of the view is obscured. Behind them sits the gorgeous living area, all clean white lines and elegant simplicity. A clever gas fire warms things up when the evenings get chilly and the

preparing you a sumptuous meal while you lounge like royalty around your villa? If you do find yourself indulging in a bit of DIY dining, however, a dishwasher is hidden away so that you don’t have to endure that chore and there’s a microwave/ grill for you to get creative with. There was also a natty little egg poacher which my wife mastered on Sunday morning to such a degree that it may well turn up on her Christmas list. Stylish lounges and a dramatic coffee table frame the gas fire and entertainment centre – TV, DVD player, iPod dock all linked to a surround sound system – and a simple but beautiful dining table takes centre stage at the other end of the villa. All in all, the living area is stunning – but the real icing on the cake is the bedroom. Raised a metre or so above the main room, marble steps lead up to this wonderfully opulent chamber, a space that just drips romance. Two large wooden doors open half way up the living area wall, allowing the bedroom too to soak up the ocean view. Lying in bed with a glass of bubbles watching the sun set is probably the law round these parts. Behind the bedroom lies a long walk-in wardrobe to hide your clothes and suitcases in and then behind that is the immaculate bathroom. Dominated by the open shower,

it’s the kind of place that makes you want to linger with your ablutions. Each villa also boasts a second bedroom and bathroom, which have been cleverly hidden behind an unassuming door. We took a peak and they looked just as topnotch as our special areas. The 10 villas – nine two-bedroom and one honeymoon suite – sit next to each other, but you simply wouldn’t know it once you’re installed. Near-magical design means that there’s no chance of overlooking a neighbour and all guests are asked to – and seemed more than happy to – never walk in front of someone else’s accommodation,

making the most of our breakfast hamper before heading up to reception to meet Jamie, Harvest Tours' owner and chief guide. He was chatting happily with some of the spa’s staff – we guessed, correctly we would later learn, that he was a familiar face at the retreat – and when he spotted us he greeted us like old friends. He led us down to our transport for the day – a 16-seat Mercedes minibus. Ordinarily, he explained, the tours would have up to a dozen or so people on board but, as luck would have it, today we had him all to ourselves. Plenty of room, then, to spread out and we made ourselves comfortable as he inched the big bus out of the retreat’s car park. Once on the road, Jamie explained the ethos behind Harvest Tours that has seen them build a fantastic rep since setting up a few short years ago – their list of gongs, including such notable awards as Margaret River Chamber of Commerce Business SECRET SANCTUARY Below, Injidup Spa Retreat, with its collection of just 10 villas, is the perfect place to use as a base to explore the local wineries. Left, Cullen Wines offers sensational food as well as a top drop.

instead using the languorous wooden paths that run to and fro. To sum up, then, Injidup Spa Retreat more than lives up to its reputation as the most luxurious hidden gem in the region. For my wife and I, blessed as we were with beautiful spring weather, it was into boardies and a bikini for the rest of day one with only a crisp white wine and the sound of the ocean to bother us. Bliss, I can tell you. We woke then refreshed and ready to go,

of the Year 2013 and a Certificate of Excellence from online travel guide giant TripAdvisor speaks for itself, but we wanted to hear from the horse’s mouth what they did to raise themselves to the top. He told us that the key to his approach to wine tours was keeping things nicely top end.Yes, there’s plenty of wine to be imbibed, but the food is a massive part of the deal too. And he’ll keep it relaxed – an itinerary is provided but he’s more than

happy to go off piste if that’s what his punters want. All in all, then, this is a wine tour with class. Our first stop was McHenry Hohnen, a small but perfectly formed winery that is a wonderful example of Jamie’s mission to serve up some of Margaret River’s hidden gems. The labour of love of brothers-in-law David Hohnen and Murray McHenry, the outfit is fast becoming a bit of a legend in the wine-making world – a while back they provided the wine when Prince Edward dropped by at the Crown Metropol with a few friends. Unfortunately, David and Murray weren’t around when we landed – they generally bring their bonhomie to the fore to oversee the tastings – but we were well looked after, given access to their lovely Rocky Road range, samples of their onsite cured charcuterie and enjoying immensely their flagship Rolling Stone. Suitably impressed we headed back to the Merc and headed off to the next treat. And what better after a morning tipple than something to soak it up? Olio Bello, a beautiful organic farm specialising in gorgeous olives oils we tasted eagerly with morsels of fresh bread, was nicely timed. We learned that the farm had been founded by an American couple in the early 1990s and it began to sink in just how young the Margaret River phenomenon is. Jamie’s knowledge of the area is substantial and he happily and enthusiastically discusses its history during the day and, realising that, prior to the late sixties there was virtual nothing here, wine-wise, is quite a thing. We were headed next, for instance to, Cullen Wines, one of the granddaddies of the region, but even they only trace back to 1966. First however Jamie suggested we should take a brief detour to one of his favourite beaches, an idea we leapt at – we’re always keen for a bit of a view. We chatted as he told us how it was one of his favourite surfing spots and also one of the spots where the film Drift was shot. How did he know that? Well, Jamie, it turns out can be spotted in the movie as an extra – and even had a line or two, which unfortunately finished up on the cutting room floor. What’s more he was asked to be star Sam Worthington’s body double. When your tour guide has that kind of random yarn to weave, you know you’re onto a good thing. Anyway, we were eventually on our way to Cullen, the iconic boutique winery founded by Dr Kevin Cullen and his wife Diana. They were, we learnt, pioneers in the world of vintners, harnessing biodynamics october 14 | PRIMOLIFE



napa vs margaret river to produce quite fantastic wines. The environmentally friendly process is still used to this day – hence their motto ‘quality, integrity, sustainability’ – and they are now leaders of their field. Sadly, Kevin and Diana have both passed away, but the operation is now headed by their daughter Vanya who, as managing director and chief winemaker, is recognised as one of Australia’s leading gurus of the grape. After a tasting that included a chance to sample Cullen’s flagship bottles – the Diana Madeline and Kevin John, a beautiful red and white named for the winery’s founders – we sat down for a wonderful lunch. Cullen has a reputation for food that matches the one it boasts for wine and we feasted on salmon and duck while chatting and enjoying a glass of MOSH – Moon Opposite Saturn Harvest Sauvignon Blanc

Cooking with gas

Luxury boutique hotel Cape Lodge in Yallingup is opening up its kitchen for a new lunch experience – cooking with executive chef Michael Elfwing. On one Saturday each month from now until June next year, Michael will create a meal using seasonal local produce, sharing his kitchen tips, recipes and how to choose the best ingredients, before guests silt down to a superb three-course long table lunch served in the Cape Lodge restaurant. Each class has a different theme from Cooking with Marron to The Perfect Sunday Brunch and The Art of Souffle. Michael’s cooking has a number of influences including his Swedish heritage, his training in French culinary cuisine, his work for many years with legendary Cheong Liew in Adelaide and Kuala Lumpur, and at the world-famous Fat

Duck with Heston Blumenthal as well as in other European Michelin kitchens. The cooking class with the Long Table Lunch is $145 per person. For a schedule of classes and special accommodation rates visit, email stay@ or call (08) 97556311.

to the uninitiated. Jamie explained that the sumptuous lunch was one of the things that raised his tour above his competitors. No limp cheese plate for his guests – they demand excellent fare to match the excellent wine. He joined us at Cullen, but said that with larger groups he would often leave them to it. The wine would flow and bonding would follow so afternoons with Harvest Tours are generally relaxed, fun affairs. Which means that Providore, our next stop, is always happy to see him pull up – apparently we weren’t the first tourists that


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little bit more lax with the credit card after a lovely lunch. Frankly, though, any gastronomes worth their salt wouldn’t need to be plied with fine wine to want to shop til they drop here – shelves stacked high with organic delights, vegetables grown in their pretty kitchen garden, fabulous wines and dangerously delicious chocolate liqueurs abound. We left with a more than our fair share of foodie treasures. And then we were off to the Windows Estate, a part of our tour which, for me, truly sums up the spirit of Margaret River. Here is a winery run by Chris and Jo Davies, a remarkable young couple that live the dream. Together they make beautiful wines in a beautiful area, simply but wonderfully.


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Everybody knows by now that Margaret River has become the gourmet epicentre for the world’s best culinary stars in November - and this year is no different as the likes of Heston Blumenthal, Rick Stein and homegrown chefs Matt Stone and others flock to the beautiful locations to strut their stuff. This year, however, there are some incredible new events to look forward to in addition to the usual foodie showcase events:

They do it all themselves, Chris was out in the vineyard when we arrived, breaking rocks by hand to plant a new vineyard, and we were hosted by Jo, who modestly told the story of this bright star in the wine galaxy. All the production is traditional and the results are fantastic. They love their food too – a fromagerie is on the way – and we enjoyed exquisite cheese with our wine-tasting. Once done, we headed across the road to Gabriel Chocolate, a fantastic bolthole dedicated to beautiful confectionary, where Jamie brought us a cup of coffee and we all

Neil Finn with special guests Gurrumul and Megan Washington Music, food and wine – they go handin-hand and there are few things more pleasurable than experiencing them all at once with this one-off outdoor concert at Sandalford Estate Margaret River. Guests can experience the concert with a Gourmet Hamper and priority seating on Saturday November 22. Gates open at 5pm and GA tickets start at $95. Sandalford will donate all net profits from the venue income of this concert to Telethon. Farm, Forage, Graze Join homegrown talent Matt Stone and the latest Swedish culinary rising star Daniel Berlin, who uses only produce from his local rural community in Sweden, as they team up to create a relaxed dinner with a focus on locally farmed and foraged foods. In a beautiful casual setting at Clairault Streicker Wines, hear the stories behind the food and its ingredients as Matt and Daniel discuss

the local terrain that provides honest and premium regional produce through a voyage of shared tasting plates. Calirault Streicker Wines, November 22, 6.30pm, $150. The Gourmet Food Trivia hosted by Matt Preston & A.A. Gill with special guests A great night out with friends and a chance to test your knowledge of the food scene, such as famous foodie films, famous dishes, celebrated TV chefs, delicacies, spices, grape varieties and much more. A trivia night like no other with a glittering line-up of special guest appearances including Heston Blumenthal, Sat Bains, Rick Stein, Davide Scabin, Clare Smyth and Matt Wilkinson. Cultural Centre,Walcliffe Road, Margaret River, November 21, 7.30pm, $50 Sunset, Beats and Bites Indulge in your love of wine at a sunset tasting with beats and bites. Enjoy the relaxed beach vibes of Gnarabup beach front as you sip on world-acclaimed West Australian wines and watch the sun go down across the ocean to some cool beats. The White Elephant Beach Cafe, Gnarabup Road, Gnarabup, November 21, 6.30 to 8.30pm, $55 per person (includes a glass of wine and canapes). For all the events during this incredible weekend (November 21 to 23), visit and book through october 14 | PRIMOLIFE



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marveled at just how idyllic Jo and Chris’s life must be. And then, unfortunately, our tour was done. Jamie dropped us back at Injidup and we said our goodbyes – we’d only known him for a few hours but the likeable larrikin seemed like a good friend by now. Happily, though, we still had one treat to come. We couldn’t come to this incredible spa retreat without actually trying out the spa itself. With a refined simplicity that matches its relaxed beauty, the facility is called just ‘My Spa’. Just walking in relaxes you, the clean lines and gentle ambient music washing over you already unknotting aching joints. There’s so much on offer, but my wife and I opted for the couple’s massage, sixty minutes of absolute bliss. The only downside is that, eventually, it’s over. Come evening, then, we were ready for a last drink on the deck watching the sun


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Bernard Fanning, one of Australia’s most loved musicians is set to perform at the Leeuwin Estate’s annual family concert in Margaret River on the evening of Saturday January 24 during the Australia Day long weekend. Fanning has had a career most musicians could only dream of. He has spent over two decades entertaining and delighting audiences across the world with his extraordinary voice and renowned songwriting. From fronting Powderfinger, to penning nine albums, travelling the globe from his backyard of Brisbane on countless sell-out tours, he has become one of Australia’s most legendary musicians and has won a poolroom’s worth of ARIA Awards along the way. Performing at the stunning surrounds of Leeuwin Estate in Margaret River, Fanning and his band will bring to life his acclaimed Tea & Sympathy and Departures albums, as well as debuting in Australia some as-yet-unheard new tunes.   The annual Leeuwin Concerts were launched when the London Philharmonic Orchestra performed at the Estate in 1985. In 1993, Leeuwin extended the series to include family concerts featuring Australian musical talent. Previous artists who have performed at Leeuwin family concerts include John Butler, The Waifs, Pete Murray, Paul Kelly, The Whitlams, Kasey Chambers, Kate Ceberano, Tex Perkins,Yothu Yindi and Alex Lloyd. They are traditionally held

Four tickets to the Leeuwin Family Concert wtih Bernard Fanning on Australia Day 2015. Visit PrimoLife's Facebook page for details. WA-entrants only. Closes 31 October. Good luck!

go down and a lazy night of nibbling the treats we’d picked up on our Harvest Tour. The next morning, we were heading back to Perth, back to reality, but both of us knew it simply couldn’t be long till we returned. There’s still so much to explore. Injidup Spa Retreat, tel: (08) 9750 1300; Email: au; visit for more details. Harvest Tours, tel 0429 728687; visit for more details and booking.

on the Australia Day long weekend. Bring a picnic and enjoy a wonderfully casual evening of summertime al fresco music on the lawns at Leeuwin Estate Winery. Gates open at 6.30pm on January 24 at the Leeuwin Estate Winery, Stevens Road, Margaret River. Tickets are $95 for adults, $30 for children (one to 15 years) inclusive of booking fees, available from Call (08) 9430 4099 or



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Adults only Matthew Mills enjoys growing up and growing into BMW's 4 Series Gran Coupé.

THERE comes a time in every chap's life when we feel we have to put aside our young man things. It's that moment when you realise that putting coke into a good bourbon is actually a terrible idea and you only ever did it because the balked at the taste of strong liquor. It’s that moment when you know that you should buy a tuxedo, not rent one, and that the only time you should wear trainers is when you’re playing sport. It’s that moment when you’re sitting in cinema watching The Hangover 27 and find that you don’t guffaw when someone throws up or gets hit in the groin in a hilarious manner. And, of course, it’s the same for women. No longer do you feel the need to put a plushie on your dashboard, the One Direction or Justin Bieber debate suddenly seems irrelevant and you’d rather have a crisp SSB than an alcopop sucked through a straw.You realise that Liam Neeson was actually always better looking than all the young tottie on Home and Away.That kind of thing. It can be a daunting time, this change, sparking fears of getting old. But let me put


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your mind at rest – you’re not creeping over the hill, you’re just maturing. And things are about to get even better. I promise you, a more mature outlook on life can work wonders. And it seems the clever people at BMW who worked to bring the world the 4 Series Gran Coupé agree – their mantra may well have been ‘maturity without compromise’. Yes, like the dawn of true adulthood or the emergence of a truly wonderful vintage wine, the much-anticipated addition to the fantastically popular 4 Series range has finally arrived and is sitting proudly in the Auto Classic showroom. It comes on the heels of its little brothers, the Coupé and the Convertible, two beautiful cars that have already taken

the motoring world by storm. But now the big boy is here and, although it had such tough acts to follow, many will think that BMW may well have left the best to last. See, the laboured metaphor continues – while your formative years can be brilliant, life really starts reaching its zenith once you’ve got a bit of history behind you. But, hey, enough life lessons – let’s cut to the chase and have a look at this wonderful car. The first thing you notice about the GC is that it is, quite simply, a beautiful machine. Inheriting the dramatic lines and pumpedup elegance of its predecessors, it sits before you almost challenging you to get behind the wheel. Once inside, it quickly becomes apparent that the proud words of Phil Horton, managing director of BMW Group Australia, prior to the GC’s launch were no idle boast. He’d told the world: “The Gran Coupé variant adds more functionality to the the BMW 4 Series without compromising any of the aesthetics or driving enjoyment of the vehicle.”

And that, I can vouch, is the key to this remarkable vehicle. As a family man myself, I know that as much as I want style and class in my car, there are practical requirements I must take into account too. Basically, I need usability and space. I need to be able to put teenagers comfortably in the backseat without them complaining, I need enough storage space to meet the requirements of busy family and business life. Too often, those demands spell compromise – but not here. Here we have a car that can quietly tick all the boxes of responsibility while never once shrugging off its mantle of a quality machine. Remarkably, the GC is the same length as – and shares a wheelbase with – its little brother, the Coupé. I know that because the experts have told me so – and I have to take their word, despite how difficult it is to grasp that concept.

The Gran Coupé just feels so much bigger. It’s a magic trick which the clever designers have engineered by raising the roofline by just 12mm and extending it backwards a little over 11cm. Somehow – I’ll leave the science to the experts – this creates 480 litres of luggage room, an impressive figure which expands to 1,300 litres thanks to the 40:20:40 split fold rear seats. Of course the GC also has the two extra doors, allowing easy access for your kids or business contacts alike and, like the Coupé, it boast those beautiful frameless windows. So it’s quickly established with just a quick look around the vehicle that everything you need on a practical level is delivered in spades, but how does it drive? Does it live up to the impossibly-high standards BMW have set over the years? The simple answer is yes. I was testing the diesel variant and, as soon as I hit the start button, I was greeted with that gentle growl that sends a shiver down the spine of anyone who loves the road. A glance around the cab reassured me that I had everything I would expect from BMW. Beautifully styled, all the bells and

whistles the discerning motorist has come to expect – sat nav, Bluetooth connection, reversing camera – and a few more besides. Pulling away (and enjoying the reassuring pull of the self-adjusted seatbelt hugging my shoulder) I can’t help but let out a happy laugh as the clever 3D odometer and display appears in the windscreen. From the driver’s position, it looks like your instruments are hovering over the bonnet – a remarkable feature that quickly becomes an intuitive way to monitor the car without your eyes leaving the road. All in all, the cockpit style dashboard has all the panache of the Coupé. The leather trim, 18-inch alloy wheels, bi-xenon headlights and clever auto tailgate – a swipe of a foot will open it up if you’ve got your hands full – are all there as well. And, of course, the Gran Coupé drives like a dream. The four-cylinder turbo is, like

all the variants, beautifully matched with the eight-speed auto, producing torque aplenty, but offering an economic gas consumption figure of 4.6litres per 100km. It hugs the road beautifully, producing that rare feeling of both ultimate power and ultimate safety. And, what’s more, it turns heads. Pulling up at lights, drawing into a parking bay, it’s hard not to notice the nods of appreciation and admiration from fellow motorists – but easy as anything to revel in the fact that that you’re behind the wheel of a car that, like the best of us, has refused to compromise. This is a car for grown-ups, but grownups with style. PL • BMW 4 Series Gran Coupé 420i drive away $79,000. BMW 4 Series Gran Coupé 420d drive away $81,590. BMW 4 Series Gran Coupé 428i drive away $90,855. BMW 4 Series Gran Coupé 435i drive away $120,675.

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from hat to hoof Vicky Sofield takes the reins and suggests the top trending ways this spring racing season to make your individual look claim top prize in the paddock


SETTING THE PACE Top, Jayson Brunsdon Black Label Fireworks Placement Print top and skirt. Right and opposite, beautiful millinery from Reny Kestel and far right, Atlas Pearls.


Looking great trackside should always appear effortless and traditional with a polished and well-prepared ensemble from fascinator to feet. That doesn’t mean that you need to break the bank, but you should plan ahead and ensure that these three key elements - elegance, practicality and tradition - are incorporated before looking to seasonal trends.  Once you have these elements sorted, spend some time researching the race day that you will be attending and dressing for. Each day can symbolise a signature race wear theme such as Derby Day, which is traditionally a black and white theme. Although each year brings about its

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own individual seasonal trends, annual race-wear mainstays are classic tailored jackets and coats, feminine silhouettes with slightly above-the-knee to mid-calf hem length, pencil or full skirts and/or dresses, immaculate hair and make-up, coordinating accessories and a fabulous hat or fascinator to catch the crowd’s attention.  Men should always go for a polished, sharp and smart look, with narrow ties and suits are always a must. 

HEADTURNERS Spring 2014 will see hats becoming more dominant, as milliner to the stars and the Royal Family, Philip Treacy, rightfully declared last season.    When it comes to headwear, custommade is always best as a milliner is trained to measure and account for your facial features. This allows them to design their masterpiece accordingly and make your look extraordinary  However if you cannot afford a custom-made hat, do as Philip says: “Try on 100 different hats if you can, until you find the one that suits you best.  It’s a trial and error thing.” Top tips to remember are that bold is always better and you should never be afraid of a dramatic silhouette on top as it draws attention upwards.  Think perspex, leather, skin prints, rare straws, delicate silks, cute ribbons, feathers, flowers and sharp lines this season. Perth-based Reny Kestel says: “Trends

for headwear tend to follow clothing, so monochrome is very big, along with solid black, solid white or metallic.”


This season we will see pretty pastels dominate the stables with shades of pink, lemon, lilac, mint and blue sherbet hues here to stay. To perfect this look, start with a dusty rose dress or skirt suit and pare it back with a few carefully chosen soft-hued accessories and contrasting headwear.  Lace and scalloped below-the-knee hems will also look super chic in this colour trend. All-white ensembles are all that and more this season as we’re likely to see this breezy trend translate from hat to hoof.  Opt for an open-toe sling-back heel or wedge and team this pristine look with a colourful or reflective pair of sunglasses for additional style. However if you want to make a statement this season monochrome is the perfect choice as you can try this trend in an abundance of different bold styles.  Try the Jayson Brunsdon Black Label Fireworks Placement Print top and team it with the label’s Black Pleat Skirt for a captivating and edgy look. Polka dots are always a race wear goto and in a black and white finish, you will look both honourable and ladylike too.  Styles to try too are black and white floral, dogtooth and gingham prints along



SURE FOOTED Be like Cara and choose the classic styling of Burberry Prorsum with this pretty pastel and lace look. Opposite, the timeless elegance of Atlas Pearls accessories.


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with leopard patterns for added texture for a monochrome look. You could also get graphic and play up your figure with side panels that are proportionate and flattering too.  Like hats, think big when it comes to monochrome this season. Blue will also make its debut this season with cobalt to midnight, periwinkle to powder and so on.  Each shade can easily be pared back with various colours such as black, white and purple or tone on tone.  Try it in leather too for an even edgier yet elegant twist. This season will see a nod to bright colours again for the men - with royal blue, black and beige suits equally as enticing.  Partners should never try to be matchy matchy too, as individuality always shines the brightest at the most stylish race days.

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then the racing season is the time to do it. Despite this heavy jewellery is frowned upon and gloves these days are less important. Just remember that a beautiful belt, clutch and the appropriate footwear are generally the necessities. To ensure your look is brought together nicely, choose a belt that compliments and team it back with comfortable shoes – you will likely walk over a lot of grass on race day so a cute slingback kitten heel will work well or a sophisticated wedge. Also opt for a clutch or small shoulder bag as opposed to a handbag. Chances are all you really need on race day are the essentials such as a small com act mirror, your lipstick and a credit card. For all race-wear jewellery opt for elegant pearls such as the eco-chic South Sea white and silver pearls from Atlas Pearls and Perfumes.  Apply a subtle approach though and focus on a lovely pair of drop earrings coupled with a bangle and a ring to please.

THE FINISHING TOUCHES Your hair and make-up will pretty much make or break your overall look and, like most seasons, this area is something that’s best kept to a minimum. For immaculate hair, book in to have your colour applied at the hair salon on the morning of race day and ask for an up-do or blow dry to finish off.  Side chignons are always pretty and will be a classic finish to your overall look. Race days can get windy so you generally don’t want your hair flying around.  Remember to also take your hat to the salon as your stylist will need to work around this centrepiece. And last but by all means never least, your make-up should be natural and well blended.  Always keep it feminine and fresh with your eyes and lips and you will never go wrong. PL  Visit for more of Vicky’s top fashion tips.


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GOOD INNINGS Perth Heat's manager Steve Fish, below, will lead his team in more than 40 exciting games this season.

Pull on your mitt and cap - it’s time to cheer our very own baseball team, Perth Heat, from the bleachers. By Norman Burns. Images by Crib Creative and courtesy ABL. An office in a converted shipping container is about as far away as you can get from the dizzy heights of Major League Baseball (MLB), one of the world’s richest, and most popular, sports. But it's from this "shed" at Barbagallo Field, Thornlie, that Perth Heat has become a powerhouse of baseball in the Australian Baseball League (ABL) - a competition that now has the not-inconsiderable backing of the US-based MLB firmly behind it.. WA, and Perth, has long been a baseball bastion, with a great record in the national Claxton Shield in the “old” ABL and interstate competitions. However despite pretty healthy crowds (thousands used to cram Parry Field) and turning out some world-class players such as pitcher Graeme Lloyd (who won two World Series rings with the New York Yankees and is now part of the Heat coaching staff) and


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Queensland’s Dave Nilsson (just announced as coach for the Brisbane Bandits), a bigtime baseball national league in Australia proved financially unviable, crumbling in 1999. It wasn’t until 2010 that the Australian Baseball Federation, with the might of the MLB behind it, “rebooted” the competition with six city franchises - Perth Heat, Sydney Blue Sox, Canberra Cavalry, Adelaide Bite and the Brisbane Bandits. And while the Perth Heat’s administration facilities aren’t what you would call glamorous, the club has been a shining light on-field since the ABL’s successful rebirth, winning three championships, the latest last season. With the 2014-15 season kicking off on October 31, the champions Heat are once again the hunted - a scenario manager Steve Fish will relish as the team takes the field

in more than 40 high-pressure games, with the top four teams making the post-season playoffs, the top-ranked team going straight into the championship decider. Fish, a native of Portland, Oregon, is a former professional who played with the Los Angeles Angels from 1997-2001 before becoming involved in Australian baseball, and the Heat, in 2007.

The 39-year-old strikes me as someone who doesn’t suffer fools gladly but also as a manager who would coax the best out of his charges when it matters most. “I’ve always been a ‘run and gun’ type of coach,” says Fish. “I prefer players with speed but this year is a little different as we have got some bigger hitters and not as much speed as we’ve had in the past. Our offensive dynamics may change a bit but at the end of the day pitching and defence wins championships and that’s what we’ve been about the past few years.” The Heat, like all ABL teams, will have a roster of top locals and imports, with many players having some experience in the “big dance”, the Major League. Local stars include the Kennelly brothers (Tim, Matt, Sam and Josh), Allan de San Miguel, Luke Hughes, Warwick Saupold and pitcher Liam Hendriks, now getting Major League time with the Kansas

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• The first recorded baseball game City Royals. (Corey Adamson was also forging a promising baseball career before being recruited by West Coast Eagles to play AFL). Fish singles out three foreign players to watch out for in Heat colours this season - New Jersey right-handed pitcher Shawn Sanford, Canadian outfielder Tim Smith and left-handed pitcher Alex Burkard - who at 6 foot 7 in the old scale looms as a fearsome sight, and likely Heat fan cult favourite, on the mound. One hurdle the Heat, and its ABL rivals, face though is the red tape surrounding foreign imports. Most can play here for just a year via a sporting visa; any longer and the club has to go through a laborious, and expensive, process to sponsor the player to obtain a right-to-work in Australia visa.

However getting foreign players interested in playing in the ABL is not difficult, says Fish. “Generally it is a 10/10 for baseball here.You talk about the most beautiful beaches in the world, a safe environment (compared with playing a season in Mexico or Venezuela), the cleanliness of every major city compared to everywhere else in the world…” Plus, he says, the competition standard is high and the players get to be treated like a “big leaguer” in some respects, flown around the country to do what they love play ball. As for what makes a great baseball player? “They always say baseball is 90 percent mental and the other half physical…you

in Australia was played in Melbourne in 1857 between Collingwood and Richmond. In 1956, a crowd of 100,000 jammed the MCG to watch an exhibition game for the Olympic Games. According to the ABL, Australia has more MLB-contracted players than any country outside North, South or Central America. More than 350 players from Australia have signed pro contracts with MLB clubs. In March this year, the Sydney Cricket Ground was transformed into a baseball diamond for the MLB Opening Series between Arizona Diamondbacks and the Los Angeles Dodgers; more than 76,000 fans went to the games, which were televised to millions worldwide.

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Baseball is pretty easy to follow on-field. Score more runs than your opposition (usually over the course of nine innings, although games can go into overtime) and you win. Simple. But it is also a game that generates an amazing, mind boggling, amount of statistics and jargon off-field. So, some terms to look out for: Batting Average (AVG) Divide the number of base hits by the total number of times the player has had to bat. If Joe Smith has 600 at bats and has 206 hits his batting average would be .343 (206/600) Earned Run Average (ERA) Multiply the total number of earned runs by nine and divide the results by the total innings pitched. i.e. If Jack Black has allowed 67 runs in 220 innings: Multiply 67 by 9 (603). Divide 603 by 200 (innings pitched) = 2.74, which is his ERA. W-L percentage Divide the number of games won by the total played. i.e. Joe Smith has a 16-3 record. Divide the win total (16) by the overall total (19) = 0.842.


US dollars, amount paid by American TV networks Fox Sports, ESPN and Turner Broadcasting System for the rights to televise Major League Baseball from 2011 until 2021.


US dollars, amount the Detroit Tigers are paying first baseman Miguel Cabrera for his services over 10 years. Works out to an annual pay cheque averaging $31 million.


Record for home runs by a Major League baseballer, held by Barry Bonds.


km/h, fastest recorded pitch in Major League Baseball, thrown by Cincinnati Reds pitcher Aroldis Chapman against San Diego Padres on September 24, 2010.


grams, minimum weight for a baseball.





innings, longest game time-wise in MLB history, played May 8, 1984 between the Milwaukee Brewers and Chicago White Sox. The game went 25 innings and lasted 8 hours and 6 minutes, played over two nights. Chicago eventually won 7-6. number of teams in the Australian Baseball League: Perth Heat, Brisbane Bandits, Sydney Blue Sox, Adelaide Bite, Canberra Cavalry and Melbourne Aces. Australian Baseball League championships, won by Perth Heat in 2008*, 2009*, 2011, 2012, 2014. World Series title, won in 2013 by the Boston Red Sox. The World Series is the annual championship series of MLB, played since 1903 between the American League and National League champions, and is a best-ofseven decider. *pre relaunched ABL


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have to have a sense of arrogance/confidence and invincibility,” says Fish. With Fish taking care of the Heat’s on-field strategy, the club’s general manager Lachlan Dale is helping oversee what will eventually, funds permitting and with help from local and state government, be a major redevelopment of Barbagallo Park. Attendances have been rising steadily at “the Gallo” since the relaunched ABL in 2010, with 33,359 fans cheering on the Heat last season (overall the ABL attracted 147,887 fans, the fourth straight season the numbers have risen). The $20m, four-phase plan calls for upgraded facilities, better seating and corporate amenities, a permanent TV infrastructure and office space - so it would be goodbye to the “container offices”. “The park could become a great community facility, not just for baseball, in the city of Gosnells,” says Dale. The Heat is also negotiating to play a home series against one of Asia’s baseball powerhouses, the Yomiuri Giants. The Giants regularly attract crowds of 50,000 at the indoor Tokyo Dome. PL

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Family ties Family dramas, grown children struggling to escape the shadow of parents, forgiveness and acceptance - all issues that most people can relate to, but perhaps the themes of The Judge are more resonant for its star Robert Downey Jr than most, says Gill Pringle. Images by kurt Iswarienko. 58

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The son of underground filmmaker Robert Downey Sr and dad to his own 20-year-old son, Robert Downey Jr has long been fascinated by father-son issues, so when he came upon the script for The Judge, he was compelled to make the film about a son who escapes the small town where his father is the local judge, making his own way as a big city lawyer . “Nowadays, everyone is so used to ‘therapising’ their own lives and their families and their kids and this is such a different mind-set,” says the 49-year-old actor taking a moment to reflect on his own childhood. “To me, this isn’t dissimilar to the environment that I grew up in the 70s, the 80s when I was coming of age - these complex post-mid-century relationships where a lot was not discussed and resentments were nurtured and held for ages. “I’m not saying that doesn’t happen

anymore, it’s just a very different attitude we have about resolving that stuff,” says the actor who bailed out his son Indio in June after he was arrested on cocaine possession charges and immediately arranged for him to be admitted into re-hab. Sober for 11 years, Downey Jr knows people will say “like father, like son” and he freely agrees, telling People magazine recently: “Unfortunately there’s a genetic component to addiction and Indio has likely inherited it. Also, there is a lot of family support and understanding and we’re all determined to rally behind him and help him become the man he’s capable of being.” Married for the past nine years to producer Susan nee Levin, with whom he has a two-and-a-half year old son Exton and a baby girl due in November, Downey credits his wife - along with meditation and the 12-step programme - for keeping him sober. While his wife has co-produced several

of his films, including Iron Man 2, Due Date and two Sherlock Holmes movies, The Judge actually marks their first official coproduction as Team Downey, the name of their new film company. “It’s an extension of the relationship when you work with your missus,” he says. “I think sometimes you just wind up naturally because what you are doing is an extension of who you love and who you are with, so we wanted it to feel really organic. The fact that we have Robert Duvall in our first movie, that’s kind of cool. It bodes well for us.” Casting Duvall as the eponymous judge and himself as the estranged son who returns to his birthplace when his father finds himself on the wrong side of the law, charged with murder, he has an interesting take on fathers and sons. “I guess the thing is sometimes you are so similar to your dad that you don’t want to admit it or there are aspects and you go ‘I’ll never be like that’. And then you become much more like that than even your dad was. “The movie is called The Judge because I think it’s about judgment on ourselves, our families and all that stuff. But it was perfect casting; I can literally imagine Robert Duvall as a superior court justice. I would never want to go in front of him or get in trouble in his town,” he laughs. Even as he nears 50 years old, Downey reckons there’s still a little boy in every grown man. “To me, my dad was superman, so his approval has always meant a lot to me. So, when it’s been withdrawn for whatever reason the shortcomings are mine. Even if you violated it in some way, you want it back. I think everybody wants to be able to put their head down on the pillow each night and not feel like an a**hole,” says the actor whose father is now 78 years old. According to Downey, there’s a message in the film even for truly estranged family members who no longer speak to one another. “There is no such thing as a cut-off; you may be estranged from a family member and you may not be communicating with them, there’s so much communication going on, just no one is talking to each other. “I think some part of it is about acceptance, not salvation, but really being able to confront things in a way that you can actually learn from them.” PL The Judge is released on October 9.

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The next big thing The last time we saw Home and Away’s dreamy bad boy Trey Palmer, he was being led away in handcuffs. But, four years after wreaking havoc in Summer Bay, Luke Bracey is now rivaling the Hemsworth brothers as the hottest Aussie in Hollywood says Gill Pringle. If Luke Hemsworth become a movie idol after starring in Nicholas Sparks’ romantic weepie The Last Song, then Luke Bracey, 25, is following in his footsteps, starring in Sparks’ latest love story, The Best of Me. Famously short-listed for 50 Shades of Grey, he now views it as a blessing in disguise that he lost out to Jamie Dornan for the plum role. “Put it this way, my mum was very happy I didn’t get to be Christian Grey,” he says. The audition alone is something he’ll never forget. “I didn’t have to undress. I just had to be the powerful, seductive man. I wore a suit and said things like, ‘I enjoy all physical things, Ms Steele’, ” he says, cracking up laughing as he demonstrates his bedside manner. “It was a combination of cheeky and controlling, calming and mischievous. The director seemed to like it at the time, so who knows what it came down to?” Fate played a part, he reckons. If he’d been tied up with Christian Grey’s sex games, then he would have passed up the opportunity of a lifetime, winning the role of FBI agent Johnny Utah in a re-make of Point Break, the same role that transformed Keanu Reeves into a movie idol more than


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two decades ago. “I’m pretty psyched about it,” he says, ticking off the filming locations where he and fellow Aussie co-star Teresa Palmer will travel to over the coming months: Berlin, Italy, Austria, Switzerland, Mexico, Venezuela, Tahiti. . .“I pinch myself every morning.” He’s been very busy since quitting Home and Away, appearing in some seven movies including Monte Carlo with Selena Gomez, November Man with Pierce Brosnan, G.I. Joe: Retaliation with Bruce Willis and Me Him Her with Geena Davis. Born and raised in Sydney’s Northern Beaches with three big sisters, Samantha, Georgina and Joanna, his parents run a construction company. A student at Scots College, he dreamed of playing rugby. “My mate, Sam Carter just got picked for the Wallabies. To me that’s more exciting than making movies because it’s something I dreamed of when we were growing up playing rugby together in high school. “I thought I’d be a professional rugby player or go to university and get some degree in construction, just so I’d have something to fall back on.” Life, however, had other plans. “When I was first asked to audition for Home and Away, I had no idea what I was

doing - I just tried to sound like a human being. Unbelievably, I got the job and then I ended up on the show for six months. It wasn’t until my third or fourth day of work that I realised, ‘I’m getting paid for this.'" Practically raised on a surfboard at his local Freshwater Beach, his skills will serve him well on Point Break. “It’s not just surfing - the story is extended to a bunch of different extreme sports: snow-boarding, rock-climbing, motor-cross, wind-sailing.” Currently working on his scenes with a rock-climbing instructor, he laments the fact he won't actually get to do all his own stunts. “I don’t think the insurance is going to let me,” he sighs. His friends may tease him about starring in a melodrama like The Best of Me, but he’s man enough to take it. “I’m not afraid to show my romantic side,” he smiles. After all, says Luke, marriage is the ultimate goal. “I have very romantic visions of me sitting grey haired as an 80-year-old on the beach with the love of my life, little grandkids running around. “But right now this is my chance to go out and live and be young and see the world and experience as much as I can.” PL The Best of Me is released October 30

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RIP, Cousin Matthew Proving there is life after death, Downton Abbey’s dearly departed cousin Matthew, aka Dan Stevens, has stepped onto the big screen, demonstrating the first of many reasons for his untimely departure. By Gill Pringle. Exchanging his place among the privileged British aristocracy of yesteryear to play a cold-blooded drug trafficker alongside Liam Neeson in chilly film noir, A Walk Among the Tombstones, Dan Stevens is barely recognisable. Meeting him in Hollywood, he’s sporting a beard, dark hair, a wrist tattoo and preppy casuals; those piercing blue eyes the only indication of his past incarnation as Lady Mary’s middle-class husband and late lamented heir to Downton Abbey’s fortune. Determined to escape the typecasting of his much-loved TV persona, the Cambridge-educated actor has since relocated to Brooklyn, NY, with South African jazz vocalist wife Susie Hariet and their two kids. But even in Brooklyn, he cannot escape the legions of unforgiving Downton Abbey fans, still angry he cheated Lady Mary of her happy-ever-after. “Some people were very upset and some people felt the need to tell me that quite forcefully, while others can take a slightly light-hearted approach to their grief, and some people didn’t really care,” he says through gritted teeth. Ask him if there’s been any truly


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bizarre fan encounters, he visibly struggles, searching for the right words to describe his post-Abbey experiences. “There’s been a few,” he says finally, “People get very enthusiastic and very emotional about Matthew, very charged some of them. Some of them get quite angry.” The fact is, there’s very few countries in the world where Downton isn’t aired, many still catching up to date with the moment Stevens, 31, permanently disappeared from their TV screens. “Until recently Japan was very safe [for me to travel] but it's just started airing now so Japan’s off. I think I should just stay in Brooklyn.” Besides A Walk Among the Tombstones, he has three further films readied for release this year - A Night at The Museum 3, The Guest and The Cobbler - all of which he clearly hopes will finally put an end to his on-going mea culpas. “My three years were up and we all had that three-year option, and I took the option to leave. It was a frightening decision, but in the best kind of way. I was told by a very good friend to embrace those frightening decisions sometimes and don’t always play it safe. For the most part

it's advisable to play it safe - when crossing the road for example! But occasionally it's nice to make a slightly more frightening decision. “At the time, I wasn’t able to answer the question to why I left - it could only really be answered in time by saying ‘so this is why I left’ and ‘this is why I left…’ It wasn’t one specific reason why I left. And I hope that there’s a little answer in everything I’ve been doing. Some people will understand

MAKING THE MOVE Above, Dan Stevens is hoping to shake off the Downton Abbey association before too long as he has three movies, including A Walk Among the Tombstones with Liam Neeson (left) in the works.

some of those decisions and others won’t,” says the actor who admits it was difficult to watch his final Downton episode. “It was a little strange, but I watched it with my mum so it was fine.” Determined to leave Matthew Crawley behind forever, he was delighted when A Walk Among the Tombstones director Scott Frank approached him to play something that no lord of the manor would ever consider - an evil drug trafficker no less.

“Scott told me he was looking for somebody who you’d never expect to play a drug-trafficker and I was actively looking to play those kind of roles. He wanted there to be something a little bit off looking about this guy, a little bit weird and gaunt, a little bit disconcerting.” Relishing the opportunity for a total transformation, he says, “So I dropped a lot of weight, grew some questionable facial hair, dyed my hair black and worked on a

thick Bronx accent.” I ask him if he went any further into the character of a drug dealer, he grins. “Lots of drug trafficking," he jokes. "But seriously, most of the time I just felt hungry.” Returning home at the end of each grueling day on the set, his two children, aged two and four, quickly ensured he snapped out of the character. “Mostly they just made fun of my moustache.” Talking about his next movie, playing Sir Lancelot opposite the late Robin Williams’ Teddy Roosevelt in A Night at The Museum 3, he turns suddenly sad. “It's still very fresh in my mind, but it was very special experience.” A Walk Among the Tombstones is released October 16. october 14 | PRIMOLIFE



The Kat’s miaow

Get ready for fireworks, Perth - superstar Katy Perry kicks off her massive new world tour right here in our very own Arena in November. By Gabi Mlls

KatycATS REJOICE. There’s a big Kat coming to town and she’s gonna roar (probably). Katy Perry’s Prismatic World Tour promises to be as blockbusting as the star’s last astonishing run of concerts around the world during her California Dreams Tour, all designed to showcase Katy’s latest smash hit album Prism, which debuted at number one in Australia and has since been certified triple platinum.


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The statistics around Katy’s career to date are astonishing for one so young. Still not yet 30, Katy became the most followed person on Twitter in January with an incredible 50 million followers. She’s the best-selling digital singles artist in the US, with over 72 million digital singles from sites like iTune. Her songs Firework, E.T., California Gurls, Hot n Cold, Roar, and Dark Horse have each sold over 5 million digital copies and by the end of the year, Perry had sold 11 million albums and 81 million singles worldwide.     Not one to rest on her laurels, Prism has so far given Katy her biggest ever single in Australia with Roar, which has gone platinum an incredible nine times. In Australia alone, Katy’s single and album sales sit at more than 4.6 million. It’s no surprise then that her Aussie promoters are rather keen on their visiting superstar VIP. Paul Dainty, chairman of Dainty Group said: “We are honoured to be promoting Katy’s tour in Australia. She is the hottest star in the world, her single and album sales are staggering and Australians adore her.”

The state-of-the art stage, specifically designed by Katy for the tour, allows her to get closer to her fans than ever before. The one-of-a-kind set design will provide concert-goers with a truly magical experience from every angle in the arena. For anybody familiar with her Katy Perry: Part Of Me documentary/movie, Katy’s climb to the top of the tree hasn’t been an overnight sensation - it just feels that way but from the moment she released I Kissed A Girl, Katy’s place in the hearts of pop lovers everywhere was cemented with a slick of cherry chapstick. The 11-time Grammy-nominated singer’s second studio album, Teenage Dream, peaked at number one on the ARIA Chart and spent over three years on the Top 100 ARIA chart. She became the only female artist to have five number one singles from just the one album on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and was voted Billboard’s 2012 Woman Of The Year. The Prismatic World Tour is Katy’s first tour since 2011’s sold-out California Dreams Tour, which formed the backdrop to

a dramatic year in the life of the young star, charting not only an incredible, practically non-stop year of gigging around the world, but also the start and subsequent collapse of her marriage to UK comedian Russell Brand. The movie went on to be the fifth biggest music documentary of all time - quite something for the daughter of a preacher man. Betty Who and Swedish Indie pop artist Tove Lo will share the honour of being special guests on the Australian leg of Katy’s tour, which kicks off right here in Perth on November 7 and 8. Australian-born songwriter Betty Who has been dubbed an Artist to Watch in 2014 by the likes of Elle, Cosmopolitan, Time Magazine, and Spotify.  Her EP Slow Dancing peaked at number 1 on the iTunes pop charts and her single Somebody Loves You made US iTunes pick of the week earlier this year. Meanwhile Tove Lo's EP Truth Serum peaked on the Swedish Album charts in March 2014, with the remix of her single, Habits (Stay High), reaching number six on the UK singles chart as well as smashing it here in Australia.  There are still some high-value packages available including the chance to meet and greet Katy - which, for any KatyCats (Perry fans) out there worth their miaow, is an opportunity not to be missed. PL october 14 | PRIMOLIFE



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69 HOUSEmatters Louise House, our new columnist shares the secrets of getting your home ready for sale 70 H&Gwares Beautiful things for beautiful homes 72 H&Gpeople A real WA success story, Colleen Sheehan and her Weeding Women celebrate 25 years 74 H&Gwhat's new A new series of Grand Design show kicks off in style 76 H&Gbuild Lily at Queens Riverside is set to open its doors 78 H&Ggardens Visit Presbyterian Ladies College's open gardens 68

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Making the move easier The innovative Peard Real Estate app allows users to search for sale and for rent properties by suburb, home-open and current location. Not only is it a great tool for sifting through beautiful homes, but it also allows users to save them in a “Favourites” folder for future reference. Users have the convenience of their own “My Properties” updates which will send out regular alerts for properties that match their selected preferences whenever they become available. These can be houses that meet the user’s specific needs such as four bedrooms, two bathrooms and a garage in a particular suburb. The app also allows users to find and search listings by their nearest

office, matching them to a sales associate or property manager should they require one. Best of all, the app is free and available from iTunes now. For more information visit Putting display homes on the map.

House Matters with louise house

How to get a Christmas sale all wrapped up Spring has sprung in Perth, but it’s not too late to have your home looking fabulous and still catch the seasonal property market. Many people recognise the benefits of selling their home during spring. With gardens in bloom and shady outdoor spots once again a welcome retreat from the sun, it’s easier to make our home look appealing to buyers than it is in the depths of winter. Although house hunters will have their checklist of needs to be met such as number of bedrooms and location, there is no doubt that purchasing a home has a large emotional component.  How we ‘feel’ when we enter a property weighs just as heavily as being able to tick the boxes of our pre-determined requirements. With a short time-frame in mind, here is how to make the biggest impact and help buyers feel at home.   De-clutter and de-personalise Surrounding ourselves with items of personal significance is a completely legitimate thing to do – but not a good idea when selling because they create a mental block for buyers to see the potential the property holds for their own lifestyle.    ✔ Put away safely those precious family photos. ✔ Reduce the number of artworks to one or two per room. ✔ Clear all horizontal surfaces (especially in bathrooms, kitchens and laundries) except for a few carefully selected décor items. ✔ Remove items from the backs of doors and any furniture preventing doors from fully opening. DecoratinG WITH STYLE Paint colour, floor coverings and window treatments are the big three decor items that will contribute to the overall appeal of your home.  A safe approach is to keep things light, neutral and simple. Painting - If you can only manage one


major improvement in the time available, then in most cases, painting will have the most impact. Using one colour throughout gives a feeling of spaciousness and sense of flow. Pick up a “Whites and Neutrals” colour chart to narrow down your choice then buy a sample pot to ensure the colour is right for your home. Floors – Now is not the time to be replacing large areas of tiled floors, but replacing worn or dated carpets is relatively easy and can make a dramatic improvement to the whole look of the house. Window Treatments – In rooms where privacy is not an issue, consider removing old window treatments altogether. Ready-made curtains or simple rollerblinds in a light, neutral colour are a cost-effective update to any room. Maintenance and cleaning With a notepad and pen in hand, take a walk through your home from front to back and write down any areas that need maintenance or cleaning.  Some of the most common are:   ✔ Dirty marks on light switches and door handles; ✔ Dusty ceiling fixtures such as light fittings, exhaust fans and air conditioning vents; ✔ Loose or missing cupboard door handles; ✔ Discoloured toilet seats and cisterns; ✔ Discoloured grout to floor tiles;

✔ Moldy sealant around baths and shower; ✔ Dirty windows and fly screens; ✔ Dirty carpets. Gardens and outdoor areas First impressions really do count and outdoor living is important in the Perth market. Here’s what you can do to easily boost street appeal and create attractive outdoor living areas:   ✔ Fertilise lawns and gardens – do this now as it takes a few weeks to see the benefits. ✔ Step up the frequency of mowing to meet the new spring growth in lawns. ✔ Give paved areas a high pressure clean to remove the winter mold and ingrained dirt. ✔ Check if the letterbox needs straightening, painting or replacing. ✔ Paint any peeling surfaces such as gutters, fascia boards, doors and windows frames. ✔ Invest in some new outdoor lounge or dining furniture and add a few cushions for comfort and colour. If you would like some advice on preparing your home for sale, contact Louise at House Matters on 0448 491 501, email louise@housematters. or visit website for more information october 14 | PRIMOLIFE


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HOUSE PROUD Taking the spirit of the spring carnival as inspiration, here's PRIMO H&G's round-up of the coolest homewares and accessories around.



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1 Silver-plated top hat wine cooler, $221.92, 2 Laser Bar Stool in green, $660, 3 Fish scale outdoor cushions, $449.99 each, 4 Boskke Sky Planter, $39, 5 Tapas set of eight olive trays, $79.95, Royal Doulton via Sassica and Salter, 6 Lulu champagne flutes, $69.18, 7 Small plain Clare clutch, $19.95, 8 Fermob 1900 bench, $1095, 9 Ombre pyramid chocolates, $29.95, 10 Satin dot bow tie, $15, 11 Artist Impression socks, $30.15, 12 Kirsty Fascinator, $109.95, 13 Outdoor Lotus grill BBQ in mandarin orange, $235.50, 14 Ruby girl's shoes, $49.95, Mini Treasure Kids, 15 Wooden hobby horse, $35.50,

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Growth industry Sprouting from one woman’s small seed of an idea 25 years ago, Weeding Women is celebrating its silver anniversary.


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Gardens are meant to be places of enjoyment, but for many of us they represent plain old hard work. The great outdoors is such a huge part of our lives here in Perth and thanks to one business, thousands of yards, flowerbeds and vegie patches look their very best. Founded 25 years ago, Weeding Women has put more than half a million hours of hard work into 165,000 local gardens, where thousands of plants now thrive and 7,500 cubic metres of mulch has been spread – enough to fertilise Patersons Stadium more than five times over. Borne out of frustration at not being able to find a good gardener to help her at home, writer and mother-of-two, Colleen Sheehan founded Weeding Women in October 1989. “The men were so slow,” she says. “I was so frustrated I decided to finish it off myself, paid a couple of friends to help me, and we did a great job in no time. That was the birth of Weeding Women.” Colleen’s team of gardeners grew from two to 20 in just a fortnight. Literally

from the ground up, the business quickly blossomed to become an iconic West Australian brand. “Our growth was like a runaway train,” said Colleen. “We could employ 50 more gardeners for most of the year. It’s that busy.” Weeding Women today looks very different to its early roots. The former small home business – now a highly successful franchise operation – runs smoothly from its

unpredictability of climate change. From Quinns Rocks to Mandurah and out to Perth’s hills, some 180 gardens every week are infiltrated with Weeding Women’s army of gardeners. Collectively, they spend 600-plus hours a week tackling much more than weeds. They dig, trench, edge, fertilise and cultivate, plus prune, shape, rake, sweep, plant, mulch and more. Each maintenance job takes, on average, three hours. Originating from diverse backgrounds, they include teachers, nurses, hairdressers, environmentalists and stay-at-home mums. “Their common thread is a passion for creating beautiful gardens, regardless of how hot, wet or dirty the job is,” Colleen says. “The culture is one of teamwork and perseverance. We love getting our hands dirty, so our clients don’t have to and they can simply enjoy their gardens.” Weeding Women care for gardens of every shape and size, from yards, flowerbeds, pots and pathways to rural properties, holiday homes, commercial gardens and everything in between. Their clients are busy career people, families, FIFO workers and retirees, as well as local businesses. PL To enquire about Weeding Women for your garden, or for franchise enquiries, phone 1800 24 74 84 or visit

GREEN FINGERS Above, Colleen Sheehan has made Perth's untidy gardens beautiful again with her army of Weeding Women, right, for the last 25 years.

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headquarters in Osborne Park with a fleet of 12 vehicles and more than 12,000 clients. A team of 42 staff includes a base network of 25 gardeners, four franchisees with two gardeners each, plus support staff of nine in administration and management. Weeding Women entered the industry just before the ‘garden boom’ hit Australia. Burke’s Backyard had started a weekly gardening program on television and Gardening Australia began shortly after. The business weathered the recession of 1990/91 and later, the booms and busts of mining and the ravages and

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Top Tips for Spring

❊ Spring is an important time to apply wetting agent, to fertilise and to mulch garden beds before the heat of summer kicks in. Spring is also a great time to get pruning and planting. ❊ Garden maintenance should be done once a month, regardless of the style of garden. Alternatively, doing a little bit all the time is good. Leaving a garden until it's overgrown and thick with couch grass will result in time-consuming and unenjoyable work.   ❊ Perth gardens need to be able to withstand long hot summers, so checking reticulation regularly is important, as is choosing appropriate plants. Natives and desert gardens can be stunning and in many cases, people simply need to re-educate themselves to take advantage of waterwise garden options. Regular application of wetting agent and a thick layer of mulch is essential to help with this. october 14 | PRIMOLIFE



Dream homes, nightmare builds Grand Designs Australia is back and bigger than ever with some of the most extraordinary builds you’ll see this side of wonderland. The return of top-rated program Grand Designs Australia, hosted by leading Australian architect Peter Maddison continues to push viewers’ expectations to the limit as it explores the motivations, the memories and the connections behind the builds going beyond the basic form and function. Now in its fifth season on the Lifestyle Channel, Grand Designs Australia celebrates the very best in building creativity across our great land. One of the most exciting builds of the season, a home built completely out of shipping containers, was borne from functionality first – to simply keep the water out. Its genesis was a story of survival. After losing their home and its entire contents to the devastating 2011 Queensland floods, the owners decided that


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the solution was to go completely water proof. In what is one of the most gruelling house building adventures ever, watching one man slice, dissect and carve up these huge steel boxes and shape them into a family home is something to behold. The end result is jaw dropping – a design feat that belies his ridiculous sixmonth timeline. Meanwhile in the inner city suburb of Port Melbourne in Victoria - an area brimming with old single-fronted worker’s cottages - another couple, obsessed with avant guard architecture, are building their own water house. What appears to be a simple steel and ply building sprouts three storeys above the ground and no one is quite prepared for the exterior. Thirty black, voluptuous two-metre high water tanks make up the entire skin – something that’s

guaranteed to get the neighbours talking. In the Mornington Peninsula suburb of Mt Eliza in Victoria the moral of the story is, never predict your own short build. When Georgina optimistically tells Peter Maddison in 2010 that her modernist house will be built in six months, Murphy’s Law ensures that of course that isn’t going to happen. Little does she know her optimistic estimate would be out by more than four years. The final house may be fabulous, but the long battle to build it forms most of this story, as neighbours, the council, the bank and the GFC all contribute to the timeline and ensure it becomes the slowest build in Grand Designs Australia history. Once again Grand Designs Australia brings the characters, the houses and the stories together in an insightful season of inspiration and appreciation - a show designed to either make you want to pick up your own trowel and build or throw in the towel and get the professionals in. PL Grand Designs Australia season 5 (ten episodes) premieres on October 9 on The LifeStyle Channel. p: (08) 9228 8440 | e: | 64 Angove Street, North Perth WA 6006 Builders Registration No. 14109 october 14 | PRIMOLIFE



GILDING THE LILY Frasers Property Australia, developers of the Queens Riverside precinct on Adelaide Terrace, East Perth, has launched the final stage of another superb development in its portfolio: ‘Lily at Queens Riverside’. It’s the development which many of us have been keeping a sly eye on, watching it flower and grow at the end of Adelaide Terrace. Fraser Property Australia’s Lily at Queens Riverside will offer 126 one, two and three bedroom apartments within the vibrant Queens Riverside residential quarter, at the eastern gateway to Perth’s CBD. Lily is the final residential release at Queens Riverside, following the success of ‘QIII’ and ‘QII’ which enjoyed strong sales from a wide range of local, interstate and international buyers. Lily comprises two boutique buildings co-joined by a sky bridge over Bollaert Lane. Lily on Hay is a five-level building of just 18 apartments, with a private residential entry on Hay Street, directly opposite Queens Gardens. Meanwhile Lily on Moreau is a sevenstorey, mid-rise tower, accessed from Moreau Parade. A dramatic feature of Lily’s Moreau Parade streetscape is a 21m-long coloured glass artwork by the Kidogo Artists Team. Commissioned especially for Lily by Queens Riverside’s public art consultant, Andra Kins, this vividly-coloured artwork,


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Swan River Life weaves personal stories and memories of the Noongar people’s historic use of the Swan River and their strong connection to this land and water. This extraordinary artwork will be handpainted collaboratively by Joanna Robertson and Aboriginal artists Wendy Hayden (Noongar) and Deborah Bonar (Yamatji/ Gija) in the Kidogo Arthouse studios in Fremantle. Lily’s apartments offer a unique degree of personalisation, with the developers inviting early buyers to customise their apartment’s interior detailing to suit their lifestyle and personal taste. Customisation options will include replacing carpet with timber floors and - for a touch of day-to-day luxury - adding a heated towel rail or integrated water filter. At Lily, personal taste comes into play, with the option to replace reconstituted stone benchtops with natural stone or to swap your mirror splashback for coloured glass. Naturally, this is in addition to the choice between two colour schemes crafted by Vivien Hegedus of ViviDesign.Vivien has chosen a boldly individual feature tile as the anchor for her schemes, anticipating demand for Lily

from design-savvy young professionals with a keen eye for stylish detailing. Making life easier at completion, buyers can opt to have their fridge supplied and integrated at settlement – that’s one less task to attend to before moving in or handing the keys to tenants. As you would expect, all one, two and three bedroom apartments at Lily include secure storage and car parking For residents of Lily At Queens Riverside will be the hub of a 21st-century lifestyle combining East Perth’s natural advantages - Queens Gardens, Fraser Point wetlands and the beautiful Swan River

SPACIOUS AND LIVEABLE The residential lounge for the new Queens Riverside, designed by Vivien Hedegus, allows the owner to use the space in multiple ways. Generous outside terrace areas make the most of the wonderful Perth summers and allow light to flood in.

and the endless opportunities and day-today convenience of city living. Within Queens Riverside, residents can pop down to Fraser Suites Perth’s Breakfast Cart for a morning coffee or be welcomed as VIPs at Fraser Suites’ own Heirloom restaurant. Lily’s residents will also be able to use Queens Riverside’s Pool Terrace – with outdoor swimming pool, jacuzzis, barbeque and shaded sundeck – and private residents’ gymnasium. Parcel delivery and key security is easy, with access to concierge services located within QIII. The Queens Riverside precinct, when

completed, will comprise 500 apartments in three residential buildings and 236 hotel suites within Fraser Suites Perth, plus a host of dining and retail services and strata commercial suites. Fraser Suites Perth is now completed and QIII’s first residents will move-in from late August. “We have seen a great deal of pentup demand for the final stage of Queens Riverside,” said Paul Lowe, sales director of Frasers Property Australia.  “With Fraser Suites Perth now open and QIII just about to be completed, people can now see the quality of the precinct for themselves. “For this final opportunity to buy into Queens Riverside, we’re delighted to be able to introduce something quite different with Lily: all the benefits of living within a holistically-designed urban precinct with dining at your door, plus the added bonus of personalised interiors, a pool terrace, jacuzzis, gymnasium and concierge services.” Prices range from $425,000 and offer the potential for solid capital growth as Perth continues to grow. Lily at Queens Riverside offers a distinctively different opportunity, delivered by a global development company, in a property market enjoying robust demand. The Queens Riverside Sales Centre is open daily from 12 noon to 3pm and is located at 10 Adelaide Terrace, directly across from Fraser Suites Perth, East Perth. For sales enquiries, please call 1800 QUEENS (1800 783 367) or visit


Interior Designer for Queens Riverside & Lily at Queens Riverside On her design inspiration for Queens Riverside’s Residential Lounge: “When designing the residential lounge for Queens Riverside, our aim was to utilise the space and include multiple functions in one room. We used the beautiful and versatile Ofset sofa designed by Arthur G, the Australian furniture company, to divide the room and offer different seating areas. We also included a large table with grey felt chairs by BoConcept for meetings or gatherings next to the well-equipped kitchenette. The backdrop for the playful lounge furniture is the amazing Scandinavian concrete wallpaper and Bolon’s Silence Illuminate vinyl carpet, while the Paris au Mois lampshades installed in clusters highlight the uniqueness of the building.” About Vivien Hegedus & ViViDesign: "With a European heritage and over 15 years of experience, ViViDesign prides itself as being one of the most innovative interior design firms in Perth. Quality, aesthetics and a pure sense of style are the baseline for all of ViViDesign’s work. With a background in property investment, practicality, timeframes and added value are important elements that are considered carefully to achieve the best results for ViViDesign’s clients. ViViDesign is proud to choose sustainable materials for its projects and supports both local and international designers and artists that share in a vision for a sustainable future." ViViDesign’s top tips when designing/ furnishing an investment property:   Always invest in quality pieces. You don’t want to change the furniture frequently. Offering high-quality furniture, a comfortable bed, and a nice seating area is key to keep your tenants happy.   When it comes to finishes, go for commercial grade upholstery and pieces that require easy maintenance. Keep everything simple.   At the same time, give a little character to your apartment. You want to stand out from the crowd and be ahead of your competition.   Prospective tenants are looking for a home, not just a place to stay. You can easily achieve that with smart design elements like wallpaper or soft furnishing.

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How does your garden grow?

Presbyterian Ladies’ College’s major fundraiser, its annual Open Garden Day, on October 31 will have some extra special surprises this year.

Eight beautiful gardens will be open to the public, including some old favourites alongside newer treasures. A highlight of this year’s line-up will be a first viewing of landmark Peppermint Grove property ‘Unalla’, which has never been open to the public before. This property will also host a cooking demonstration by celebrity foodie Anna Gare, star of the Great Australian Bake Off and Junior MasterChef fame. Seven other magnificent properties in Peppermint Grove will offer an eclectic mix of modern, formal, informal, tropical and Mediterranean-inspired gardens. Enhancing the ambience of this muchanticipated springtime event will be music provided by PLC’s own ensembles, guest speakers and leading landscapers. Back by popular demand will be the market stalls selling homemade cakes, preserves, fresh flowers, handmade crafts, second-hand books and more. The popular café will again be located on the grounds of one of the neighbouring properties, serving homemade lunch and tea refreshments. PL PLC Open Garden Day will be held on October 31 from 10 to 2pm.Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for concession cardholders. Children under 16 are free.Tickets are available at the school oval, garden entry points and markets. Entry tickets provide admission to the gardens, markets and café, plus an information booklet with flora and historical information about the gardens. All gardens are within walking distance of the school and a free bus will be available to shuttle visitors between the properties.


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with Warren Littlefair, General manager of peard finance

Little Acorns It's that time of year when our kids start thinking about getting a summer job. No doubt they are looking forward to some time with their friends at the beach or pool with a pocketful of cash to spend. Sounds like a great way to spend the summer - actually it probably is. A kid's first job can be the ideal time to start teaching them about money management and valuing the money they earn. I am sure most would agree that when you are earning money you tend to respect it more than when it is given to us, well most of the time anyway. So I have put together a few tips parents can use to help build kids respect of their new -ound wealth and not blow the whole lot every week on cheeseburgers and downloads. 1. Set a budget This is hard enough for most adults let alone a teenager. However a very simple budget will make your child understand that they cannot spend more than they earn. This can be one of life’s best and hardest lessons to learn, so if they understand this early it will help them in later years. 2. No cash advances This may sound harsh but if we are constantly handing out money on the proviso that our kids will pay it back once they get paid we


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are effectively being our children's credit card. And anyway, I can’t recall when my son actually did pay me back. 3. Savings Make sure a percentage of your child’s pay goes into a savings account which they cannot easily access. This can be used for a large purchase such as a vehicle down the track. This will get them in the habit of saving for something, or at least the bulk of it, rather than using credit all of the time. Make sure you celebrate milestones along the way son they can see their nest egg growing. 4. Review their bank statements with them These days most purchases are made by way of eftpos out of a bank account, even for kids own accounts.The danger of this is that it does not feel like spending real money. I remember

a conversation I had with my son earlier this year when his bank account dried up. "Where did the money go?” he asked. When he looked at the statement he saw all the small purchases he made on his card added up to emptying his account. Not a nice lesson but a good one to have early on. 5. Make it Fun Saving and spending your money wisely is not all doom and gloom. There can some fun things coming out of a good money plan for kids. Think of the smile on their face when at the end of summer they have saved enough money for the new bike/xbox/surfboard all on their own. What a great achievement it will be. These are just a few ways you can help your kids get into a good money management system for themselves. Actually some of these tips could be good for all of us. Enjoy the start of the sunshine. PL


You, inc. Taking the leap and starting a small business can seem daunting and no doubt there are pitfalls which you should avoid but, as Alan Manly says, it’s possible to do all of the above and come out smiling if you take a few precautions in the early days If you had to spend a week in a court or a casino, which do you think would do your business more harm? The answer is both, because both houses win in the end. The ultimate goal for a small business operator is to make money for your enterprise – and not the legal profession. There’s no foolproof way of protecting yourself from sharks and charlatans, but getting things down in writing is a good start and an even better deterrent. In 2002, my business partners and I made the fatal mistake of not doing all the paperwork and asserting our rights when we entered into a deal with a consultant. Had we done so, the crook would have run a mile. After ten years of pure hell soldiering through the Australian courts, I can’t stress enough the importance of clear written agreements. Don’t be afraid of contracts A contract is simply a big list that details what the job is and what you expect. The best contracts are in plain English and are watertight (they can be both). Contracts apply to your customers: make sure they have in writing exactly why you’re taking their money. They apply to your suppliers: when are you going to pay them? When are they going to deliver? They apply to your business partners: they may be trusted, good mates, but we all need to know our roles and responsibilities. And they apply to your staff: it’s not easy telling someone you want something done your way. It’s confronting. It’s demanding. But people like having clear guidelines on what’s expected of them. And they’ll remember those guidelines better if they’ve read them as part of the ‘idiot’s guide’ to your business - the ledger available to all that contains the boring (but essential) stuff.   Keep up with the tech Technology is your friend. It’s not meant to befuddle. It’s not meant to irritate. It’s whole purpose is to make your business easier, faster, more successful and more secure. Cyber crime is rampant but don’t panic. And don’t pay an IT consultant squillions to firewall

every nook and cranny of your organisation. Do some homework and you’ll soon find cost-effective tech solutions are easy to come by – and they’re getting cheaper and easier all the time. If you invest just a fraction of your working week in learning about your IT systems, you’ll not only better understand a fundamental part of most 21st-century businesses, you’ll also be able to communicate with your nieces and nephews. Work for yourself first and foremost Why did you start your business? Sure, to capitalise on your expertise and fill a gap in the market. And of course after decades of working for others you were due for a change. But you also started your business because you’re selfish and driven and that’s a good thing. Don’t believe what you’ve seen or you’ve heard: ego is not a dirty word and if you’re not putting you and your business first, how do you expect any one else to? A touch of self-obsession goes a long way and keeps the baddies at bay. Think of it as your business’s own personal CCTV. However, there is a downside to obsession . . .   Take your dividends It pays to be conscientious and lead by example, but don’t go overboard because working for yourself can be a sad licence to overwork if you’re not careful. Burning the midnight oil is fine, but there better be a reward in the morning. So forget self-

flagellation for its own sake and take your dividends. Spend them, save them, reinvest them into the business, but remember: you can’t take any of it with you, and you don’t want the taxman getting his hands on any more of it than he’s entitled to. So treat yourself from time to time: you’re in business, not a monastery, after all. Get your business valued The old saying ‘if you’re not making a profit, you’re not in business’ is true no matter the size of your organisation. Sit back and reflect on what you’re doing and why you’re doing it. There are plenty of hobbies you can pursue in your spare time (and plenty that will make you money), but the litmus test of any ‘business’ is its sustainability and its value. So take the plunge, talk to a financial expert, and get your business valued. Be real.You’ll find out what’s at stake and how much insurance you need.You’ll also find out if it’s truly a business, or just ‘a job’. PL Alan Manly is the Managing Director of Group Colleges Australia and has over thirty years experience in business management in industries including technology and education. He is the author of the book When There Are Too Many Lawyers … There Is No Justice ($24.95) now available online at

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Take five...

Horoscopes by Patsy Bennett | Horoscopes by PATSY BEnnETT | ASTROCAST.COM.AU



March 21-April 20

October’s eclipses will spotlight your personal life and your relationships, and your love life could step up a level. Singles should mingle, and couples will enjoy more passion and romance. Your sign’s ruler, Mars, will bring your inner adventurer out this month, and the sky’s the limit as travel, fun projects and your creativity take off.



April 21-May 21

Get set to turn a fresh page; the lunar eclipse on October 8 suggests you’re emotionally ready to begin a new chapter, especially in connection with work and/or health matters. You’ll look for more work/life balance, and events will help you to find harmony in your life; you may even be surprised by an upturn domestically.

July 24-Aug 23

Important financial and personal concerns will take the spotlight. If you’ve been hesitant to make changes in either of these areas, this month’s eclipses will nudge you into action; potentially in surprising ways around October 8. The solar eclipse on the 24th will again highlight important financial decisions.


June 22-July 23

It’s all change; you may already be aware of your new role within a relationship. Prepare for more: you may be surprised by consequences, especially involving your interests. Events will gain momentum, so ensure you’ve done your groundwork early in October. The solar eclipse on the 24th will accelerate developments at home.



May 22-June 21

An agreement or arrangement in your personal or professional life will undergo changes in October; you may even decide to take an entirely fresh direction in life all together. You may be surprised by revelations or events around the lunar eclipse on October 8; and the solar eclipse on October 24 could illuminate further developments.

Aug 24-Sep 23

You’re likely to see someone in a new light in October; you may also consider your relationship afresh, too. You may experience a change in the way you share or earn your income this month. You may be surprised by someone’s news or by their change of opinion early in October.


i m d n s e o i n Rules: Form as many words as possible. Each word must contain the centre letter. Plurals made by adding “s” are not counted. GOOD 20 BETTER 24 BEST 27


1 9 10 11 12 13 15 18 20 22 23 24

2 3 4 5 6 7 8 14 16 17 19 21


Inconsiderate (11) Dark cell (7) Combine (5) Deposit (5) Paid up (7) Strain (6) Motive (6) Envelop (7) Come in (5) Felony (5) Odd (7) Stocks and shares (11)

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Sharpened (5) Unavailing (7) Upright (6) Confine (5) Ambles (7) Immaturity (11) Starring part (7,4) Disturbance (7) Put to death (7) Issue(6) Corpulent (5) Reliance (5)

SUDOKU How to play: You are given a 9x9 grid which has been divided up into nine 3x3 boxes. The aim of the game is very simple: to fill each row, column and 3x3 box with the numbers from 1 to 9 inclusive.

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sep 24-oct 23

surprising or unusual developments surrounding someone unpredictable will continue to raise eyebrows – that is, if you haven’t already reconciled yourself with the situation. The lunar eclipse on october 8 will highlight your differences, although you may also find that October brings about many more changes.


oct 24-nov 22

october is very much about turning a corner, as your circumstances are likely to move forwards into a fresh scenario. At the very least, this will mean a change of routine. Working scorpios may see a fresh chapter at work; if a health situation has been on your mind, this month will promote new ways for you to move forwards .


dec 22-Jan 20

your home life is important to you. However, work, your general activities and other factors can so often get in the way of your true enjoyment of your home and/or family life. Changes such as having to be away will highlight what’s truly important to you; a development regarding your career or direction will bring fresh ideas into your sphere.


True or false: cauliflower ear is another term for hematoma auris?


Which US actor has released an iPad app that mimics a manual typewriter?


Who was the first foreign head of state to make a state visit to Australia?


Elio Di Rupo is Prime Minister of what country?


Who directed the 2014 film The One I Love, starring Elisabeth Moss (pictured) and Mark Duplass?


Angus Andrews is the singer of which US band?

10 The “Republic” of Whangamomona is a small town located in which country?

1. Rugby league. 2. Dog. 3. Argentina. 4. True. 5. Tom Hanks. 6. Ngo Dinh Diem. 7. Belgium. 8. Charlie McDowell. 9. Liars. 10. New Zealand.


FinD-A-WoRD { Theme: Flowers } Find these words in the grid: AgApANTHus



















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Is a mastiff a breed of cat, chicken or dog?

Los Glaciares National Park is located in which country?



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dimension, ionised, inside, sinned, noised, onside, ionise, deism, snide, nosed, sonde, noise, meson, nones, ides, side, send, does, dose, mies, semi, sine, some, noes, nose, nisi, miso, mons.

Cameron Smith is best known for playing what sport?

Feb 20-march 20

your career could blossom this month; october is certainly a good month to consider interesting new ways to get ahead. you’ll feel more adventurous and outgoing than you have for some time. You’ll see finances or a matter of principle take a step forwards. Above all, though, you’ll find ways to feel truly satisfied.

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Jan 21-Feb 19

you’ll feel more active in october; you may even exit your comfort zone. you’re an individual – you’re realistic, too, and this is what gives you the edge, especially now. october will be a great month to travel, to join new groups and to research your ideas, because developments this month will lift your game.




nov 23-dec 21

Motivational Mars will be in your sign for most of the month, giving you additional vitality and lust for life. it’s an excellent time to put your energy into your favourite activities. The eclipses will revitalise your personal life and group activities, and you’ll enjoy being more sociable. you may potentially even turn a page with a particular family member.

ACRoss: 1 Thoughtless; 9 Dungeon; 10 Merge; 11 Lodge; 12 settled; 13 stress; 15 Reason; 18 enclose; 20 enter; 22 Crime; 23 unusual; 24 investments. doWn: 2 Honed; 3 useless; 4 Honest; 5 Limit; 6 strolls; 7 Adolescence; 8 Leading role; 14 Ruction; 16 execute; 17 Result; 19 obese; 21 Trust.


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Welcome to the property section of PRIMOLife

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dampier 11 Bateman 65 Broadhurst Crescent roebourne

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Luxury, Location, Lifestyle! 65 Broadhurst Cres, Bateman has to be one of the most beautifully presented homes in Bateman. The degree of excellence, thought and attention to detail that has gone into creating this masterpiece is immediately apparent.

It was a month of celebrations at Peard Real Estate as we Style, class and quality abound! With so many reasons to view, it has to be top of your list. This high quality fully renovated home, in sort after Bateman is situated on a 698sqm block. A very peaceful and attended the real estate industry night of nights. serene location, this beautiful home is located close to schools, Murdoch University, St John of God Hospital and the The 2014 REIWA High Achievers' Awards saw our Hillarys upcoming Fiona Stanley Hospital, major transport, shopping centres and parks. to purchase homes of this calibre in the area are rare, so don’t delay! To view this property call Marg office recognised as the most successful office in WA for an Opportunities Kudla today on 0457 515 007. impressive fourth consecutive year. The team were the proud recipients of the Top Office by “Listings Sold” and by “Value Sold” Awards. We were delighted to see eight of our 11-offices ranked in REIWA’s Top 100 Offices as well as numerous individual achievements throughout the Group. I would like to extend big congratulations to the Hillarys team and every office or individual who was recognised on the night. The awards spirit kicked on when we hosted our End of Financial Year Awards to recognise the outstanding achievements of our Group. It was a great night as always and you can check out the two-page spread on page 4 and 5 for some snaps from the evening and the list of award winners. Most recently, we were the proud winners of the 'Innovation' and 'Communications' Awards at this year's REIWA Awards for Excellence. The recognition has allowed us to be eligible for the REIA National Awards, where we hope to cement ourselves as the national leaders in the two bull creek 7 categories.. 8 Spring has the special power of bringing out the best in properties; gardens are in full bloom and front lawns appear greener. Moreover, the sunnier weather tends to bring out potential buyers with our home opens recording noticeably higher numbers already. Despite Perth still experiencing a small shortage in listings with around 10,800 properties for sale (compared to a balanced market of around 12,000), we can expect to see this gap bridged slowly over the coming weeks. Latest data has also revealed that property price growth in Perth is set to resume with the city's median house price, 9 currently sitting at $535,000, forecasted to increase by between three to five per cent over this financial year. Our rental market is showing signs of stabilisation with the steady median rental rate of $450 remaining unchanged. Rental numbers are up by 47 per cent on the same time last year with close to 6,000 properties on the market at present. If you are thinking of selling your property, these are certainly reassuring figures to consider. Christmas is just around the corner, and with the annual shutdown period fast approaching, now might be the time to act to avoid settlement delays. As always, I hope you enjoy our October issue of 10 PRIMOLife.


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Coastal kings

Climbing to the top is tough. Staying there is a whole other ballgame but as Peard Real Estate Hillarys has shown, anything is possible with a fantastic team and a supportive environment. By Dea Lalovic. Images by Crib Creative

Strategically located in one of Perth's biggest tourist destinations, the Hillarys office was the very first of the Peard Group, opening its doors in 1998. Today, the team is the largest in size, and undoubtedly the Group’s biggest success story. In 2011, the northern suburbs powerhouse was recognised as WA’s most successful real estate office when it was awarded the prestigious REIWA titles of “Top Office by Listing Sold” and “Top Office by Value Sold”. The success continued into 2012, 2013, and then again this year. Office licensee Byron Wallace joined the team in July 2007 with a clear vision of how to make the office Perth’s number one, and there’s no denying his vision has come to life - and then some. “Our office is a fantastic place to work,” he says. “We’re located in the beautiful Hillarys Marina and it’s hard not to be in a good mood when you walk into the office. Team morale is running at an all-time high and, as Byron explains, the awards are a true testament to an unbeatable working culture. “I think when you’re happy at work, it really reflects in your motivation and drive."


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While the marina serves as a picturesque place to work, it also acts as a major strategic advantage for the office, attracting potential buyers from all over Perth and beyond. “We’ve been the top selling office for the fourth year running and I think there are a few factors that set us apart from our competitors," says Byron. “The marina draws in crowds all year around and the exposure we receive as a result is simply unbeatable. “This alone means we host more home opens and meet more buyers. “More importantly, when you have a bigger net to catch potential buyers you can create competition which could potentially mean securing a more premium prices for your seller,” says Byron. Those passing by would find it difficult to miss the illuminated blue-corner office displaying hundreds of premium coastal properties. “Our interactive touchscreen also offers clients the ability to view our listings after hours, seven days a week, at their leisure. “More importantly, the screen displays each and every Peard Real Estate property across the group, giving clients a range of homes to view and creating an extra selling

tool for our colleagues in other offices.” As the office prepares to proudly hang their fourth consecutive awards on the office wall, Byron remains modest, crediting much of the award success to the support the team has recevied from the Peard Group. “There’s certainly an advantage when you’re part of an industry leader such as Peard," he says. “We have finance partners, access to topof-the-range marketing, training and see regular referrals from within the group. “Couple that with our experienced sales team, and it’s a great mix." Though a team effort, the awards wouldn’t be possible without impressive individual results, and Peard Real Estate breeds some of Perth’s best. Jarrod O’Neil started with Peard Real Estate Hillarys in 2007. A complete career change for the new “rookie” of the office, Jarrod soon became the Top Selling Sales Associate at Peard Real Estate Hillarys, and before he knew it, group-wide, for the sixth year running “There really is no secret to doing well in the industry,” he says modestly. “It’s a combination of a strong work ethic, passion and a drive to be the best. With a 70% referral rate, there is no denying that Jarrod is leaving an impression on his clients. “For me, it’s about working hard, being honest and securing the best sale price for my clients “If my services are then referred by a client to their friend or family member, it’s really the biggest compliment,” says Jarrod. Byron has seen Jarrod’s work ethic first hand and says his drive and commitment is unique. “He expects a lot from himself, which is really reflected in his work. “I think if Jarrod received a feedback form that wasn’t a 10/10, he’d ask why, and that is what sets him apart,” says Byron. It’s no secret that Perth’s property market took a hit earlier this year when property sales slowed, but Jarrod and the team have proved their success has no limitations. “The market is definitely changing and I think now is the time where the good reps will stand out from the not-so-good ones. “If you offer an excellent service, premium marketing and act with complete honesty, you can be successful no matter what the market is doing.” Jarrod places a lot of emphasis on having support from not only the company but also his family who have been an important part of him being able to forge a foothold in the market.

WINNING FORMULA Peard Real Estate Hillarys consistently wins top awards for its team’s performance from REIWA. Opposite, Jarrod O’Neil and Byron Wallace

“Of course success comes from your own hard work, but working under such a well-established brand certainly gives you the upper hand," he says. “I think Peard is really at the forefront of staff training and recognition and it makes all the difference; we work hard and we’re rewarded for it. “Our office is full of experienced reps who have been around for years and offer a wealth of knowledge. A family man, Jarrod speaks fondly of his loving wife and children who he says give

him the at-home support needed to survive in this industry. “Real estate is demanding, and you really need to have people around you who understand the fact that you will be missing out on many family barbeques, birthdays and other special events. “When you get a call from a potential buyer, you need to be ready and able to drop everything, because that buyer may not be there tomorrow. “So if your family and friends can’t understand that, you’re going to have a problem.” As Perth’s property market starts to heat up again for spring, it’s time for Byron, Jarrod and the team to start planning for the year ahead. Being the best comes with a certain aspect of pressure, but the guys say they hope to maintain their winning streak. “There are definitely competitors out there who’d like to knock us off our podium,” says Byron. “We’re expecting that they won’t make it easy for us next year, but we’re determined to stay up there.” The office plans to focus on recruitment over the coming months with the aim of building up another strong team for the financial year. “Over the past few years some great reps have moved on to open up their own

offices within the group. “I think what we really need to do now is recruit our next generation of premium sales people to help us maintain our number one ranking. “So we’re looking for the best; passionate and driven Sales Associates who share our vision and fit into the office dynamic,” says Byron. For Jarrod, it’s time to gear up for the busiest season of the year, but there’s one thing that needs to happen first, he says. “I think a well-deserved holiday with my family is in order.” PL Are you looking to take your real estate career to the next level? With endless support and an unbeatable team culture, Perth’s top real estate office is looking for experienced sales associates who have what it takes to join the # 1 team. Phone Melissa Farrell, Business Resource Manager, for a confidential chat on  0404 084 244

Peard Real Estate Group's high-flying team of Sales Associates have been performing very effectively across the board in July. REIWA August 2014 Statistics

Top 30 rookies 4

KATHY MCGURK Peard Real Estate Mindarie 4 Listings sold


KIM RILEY Peard Real Estate Mindarie 3 Listings sold

Top 30 Salespersons

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TODD UTLEY Peard Real Estate Joondalup 7 Listings sold

Top 30 branches


by listings sold

by value sold


TODD UTLEY Peard Real Estate Joondalup $6,286,000

Top 30 TEAMs

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JARROD O'NEIL Peard Real Estate Hillarys 5 Listings sold


peard real estate HILLARYS 42 Listings sold


peard real estate JOONDALUP 28 Listings sold


peard real estate mindarie 24 Listings sold


peard real estate rockingham 17 Listings sold


peard real estate scarborough 16 Listings sold

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TOP 100 OFFICES VALUE SOLD #1 Peard Real Estate Hillarys #7 Peard Real Estate Joondalup #19 Peard Real Estate Mindarie #21 Peard Real Estate Rockingham #30 Peard Real Estate Scarborough #34 Peard Real Estate Leederville #91 Peard Real Estate Canning Vale TOP 100 OFFICES LISTINGS SOLD #1 Peard Real Estate Hillarys #7 Peard Real Estate Joondalup #9 Peard Real Estate Rockingham #11 Peard Real Estate Mindarie #25 Peard Real Estate Scarborough #35 Peard Real Estate Leederville #74 Peard Real Estate Canning Vale #91 Peard Real Estate Swan Valley TOP 50 OFFICES AUCTION LISTINGS SOLD #13 Peard Real Estate Hillarys #25 Peard Real Estate Leederville #31 Peard Real Estate Scarborough GRAND MASTER SALESPERSON Jarrod O'Neil MASTER SALESPERSON Todd Utley Dean Bradley Jeff Coghill $31-34 MILLION DOLLAR CLUB Gaylene Bicheno David Weir $26-30 MILLION DOLLAR CLUB Steve Wilcox John Cowup Julie Vincent James Kennedy Tony Mullen $21-25 MILLION DOLLAR CLUB Rod McDougall Shaun Pettit Carl Freeman Shane Capelli Namita Mehra Peggy Middelveld Julie Pym Rob Nicholls


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$16-20 MILLION DOLLAR CLUB Fran Satherley Les Lindsay Ben Hanson Lee Parkinson Karen Riches Adam Mannino Paul Kettle Marcus Lord Gayle Fitzmaurice Sam Mannino Mandy Bizzaca Camille Ainsley Jeff Parkes $10-15 MILLION DOLLAR CLUB Paul Middleton Sandy Watts Kathy Clement Jemima Botha Chas Paridis Stephen Simpson Diane Williamson Mary Peard Ben Keevers Tiffany Bray Maggie Pawlik Gemma Andrews Clinton Edwards Fiona Moir Deb Treloar Anne Dearson $9 MILLION DOLLAR CLUB Belinda Lawrence Mitch Russell Wayne Hocking Phyllis Gemelli Alba Gurney $8 MILLION DOLLAR CLUB David Lomax Paul Yates Karen Willis Simon Neilson Ginette Tan Seroja Kasli Leigh Wilson Rob Davis Michelle Dasborough Claire Ramsey Kathryn Fiorenza Karen Lloyd Valerie Boyle David Lynch

$7 MILLION DOLLAR CLUB Tertius Du Toit Michael Mocnaj Melissa Mendes James Drummond Berny Wales Sacha Daniel Kathy Hamilton $6 MILLION DOLLAR CLUB Graham York Lyn Stowe Eric Fernandes Marg Kudla Mick Evans Maureen Parsons Aaron Boud Jennifer Jones Sylvia Stephens $5 MILLION DOLLAR CLUB Rick Uren Paul Sharry Tish Thomas Sheila Stritch Paul Turner Lyndon Gibbings Phil Carnaby Brendan Williams Helen Clark TOP ROOKIES Camille Ainsley Tiffany Bray Melissa Mendes Kathryn Fiorenza Graham York Tertius Du Toit Aaron Boud

TOP 500 SALESPERSON BY LISTINGS SOLD David Weir Gaylene Bicheno Todd Utley Steve Wilcox Ben Hanson James Kennedy Julie Vincent Rod McDougall Peggy Middelveld Tony Mullen John Cowup Dean Bradley Shaun Pettit Gayle Fitzmaurice Fran Satherley Rob Nicholls Julie Pym Camille Ainsley Lee Parkinson Jeff Coghill Shane Capelli Namita Mehra Paul Kettle Jeff Parkes Adam Mannino Marcus Lord Sandy Watts Diane Williamson Karen Riches Tiffany Bray Gemma Andrews Carl Freeman Mandy Bizzaca Jemima Botha Mitch Russell Fiona Moir Alba Gurney

TOP 500 SALESPERSON BY VALUE SOLD Jarrod O'Neil Todd Utley Dean Bradley Jeff Coghill Gaylene Bicheno David Weir John Cowup Steve Wilcox Julie Vincent James Kennedy Tony Mullen Rod McDougall Shaun Pettit Carl Freeman Shane Capelli Namita Mehra Peggy Middelveld Rob Nicholls Les Lindsay Julie Pym Fran Satherley Ben Hanson Lee Parkinson Karen Riches Adam Mannino Paul Kettle Marcus Lord Gayle Fitzmaurice Mandy Bizzaca Sam Mannino Camille Ainsley Paul Middleton Jeff Parkes Sandy Watts Kathy Clement Jemima Botha Chas Paridis

TOP TEAMS Team Jarrod O'Neil Team Middleton TOP SALESPERSON BY AUCTION LISTINGS SOLD Chas Paridis Dean Bradley Sam Mannino

FOR SALE Ashby 4 Vann Court

bed 3 bath 2 car 2

At a guaranteed rental return of 7% for the first 2 years of its life, this brand spanking new “Free Life” home offers an immediate income stream & includes $35,000 worth of furniture along with the bargain. With a completion date of mid to late October ’14 this 3 bed 2 bathroom home is positioned in the sought after Alkimos Beach Estate subdivision on a 375sqm lot. With a north facing “protected” sunny alfresco area & rear yard, this design & orientation with be a favourite for both investors & owner occupiers alike. CONTACT Les Lindsay PHONE 0407 420 384 EMAIL

Ashby 43 Hennessy Drive

Excellent Park Location. This private extremely spacious 4 bedroom 2 bathroom home is a must for your viewing list !

Aveley 65 Edgecombe Pass


Absolutely everything a growing family needs!! To arrange a viewing Call Diane NOW!!!


Alkimos Lot 24 19 Bristlebird Circuit


bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Balcatta 46 Bassingham Road

$740,000 bed 3 bath 1 car 2

Baldivis 1 Ridge Boulevard

$970,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

CONTACT Diane Williamson PHONE 0431 112 750 EMAIL

With 2 big living areas and 3 generous sized bedrooms plus a study or activity room & double carport, this much loved family home is full of natural light with big windows & just waiting for you to add your own style. Positioned in one of the areas most sought after streets & one of the highest points in the area enjoy views of the city skyline from the rear of the property. CONTACT Leigh Wilson PHONE 0410 056 092 EMAIL

When country life meets glamorous living, WOW!!!! Circle view and be swept away, as you drive up the long appointed driveway you'll be surrounded by its lush garden setting, organic vegetables and endless fruit trees, makes you feel as if you're in paradise, the kids would love to roam free and play for hours. CONTACT Melissa Mendes PHONE 0400 459 411 EMAIL

$639,000 - $669,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Balcatta 79A Campion Avenue

$499,000 - $529,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2

Baldivis 4 Manor Approach

Buyers over $849,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 3

Exceptionally spacious family home located in a whisper quiet Cul-de-sac. Resort style home, simply perfect for a growing family; This high quality home has it all. Enclosed study, Purpose built theatre, hotel style master suite with luxurious en-suite bathroom, light bright family room & modern kitchen overlooking decked alfresco & sparkling below ground pool. CONTACT Diane Williamson PHONE 0431 112 750 EMAIL

Do not hesitate to secure this outstanding Bali inspired resort style family home in the heart of one of the Swan Valleys finest Estates! With summer fast approaching picture yourself and your family spending endless days relaxing around the pool and enjoying The Valley lifestyle at its best. Situated within walking distance to all essential amenities. CONTACT Rod McDougall PHONE 0418 909 954 EMAIL

This immaculate and spacious street front villa has so much appeal, flooded by light and located in a fantastic location close to shops and easy access to public transport. Features include large separate lounge with split a/c, Central kitchen with plenty of cupboards, large dining area opening to rear outdoor entertaining. CONTACT Shaun Pettit PHONE 0411 725 511 EMAIL

A 3061m2 land that houses a beautifully presented 4 x 2 x 3 family home that will suit the most discerning buyer. Plenty of room for the children to explore the outside world with their very own playground and underground salt pool on those lazy summer days for the whole family to enjoy. CONTACTS Graham York/Helen York PHONE 0467 773 977/0407 727 732 EMAIL october 14 | PRIMOLIFE


FOR SALE Baldivis 31 Kendall Boulevard

From $659,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Baldivis 5 Barred Corner

$399,000 - $429,000 bed 3 bath 2

Baldivis 80 Burlington Drive

From $479,000 bed 4 bath 2

Balga 92A Camberwell Road

$409,000 - $449,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2 90

This amazing home will not disappoint and has it all! Lets take a journey through this tranquil private oasis. As you enter the main foyer you are greeted by the space. The home is designed with family, entertaining and serenity all coming together. At the center of the home is the chefs kitchen opening out to the living, dining and theatre. CONTACT Michael Mocnaj PHONE 0403 939 430 EMAIL

An immaculate presentation and quality fittings will attract buyers to this Baldivis property with up to date beautiful dcor. This home is great for entertaining and family living with the well planned kitchen in the heart of the home overlooking the dining, family and games areas. CONTACTS Graham York/Helen York PHONE 0467 773 977/ EMAIL

Baldivis 35 Tuomey Follow

$639,000 bed 5 bath 2 car 2

Baldivis 66 Bonnington Way

From $409,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2

Fantastic 5 Bedroom, SIDE ACCESS, Massive games, large media lounge, POOL and much more! This Property is designed for living with 642 land there is room to park the toys, kids to play and entertain your Life away. With 2 very large king size bedrooms and others of great size this is an incredible property. CONTACT Camille Ainsley PHONE 0417 508 364 EMAIL

If you are looking for an easy investment, and the perfect tenant who will look after the property as though it was theirs, look no further. The owner is willing to rent back on a negotiable lease that will suit both parties. A low maintenance property that is located in Settlers Townside close to public transport. CONTACT Michelle Dasborough PHONE 0403 939 430 EMAIL

Built in 2012 this 4 bedroom 2 bathroom family home on a 528m2 block is ready for new owners to call their own. With so many features this property is true value for money, you wont be disappointed with everything there is to offer. With no work to be done, simply enjoy the Settlers Hills location, minutes from the freeway, public transport and major shopping centers. CONTACT Michelle Dasborough

This lovely 3x2 with Double Garage home offers: Balga decor throughout both thoughtful and practical. 39A & B Curlington Crescent Modern Undercover patio with featured ceiling and down lights

Modern decor throughout both thoughtful and practical. Split System Air to Main Living Area Complimented by Gas Heating bayonet to living area Undercover Alfresco Quality Tiling to Living Area & Wet Areas Fully fitted Kitchen

Balga 9B Dounley Street

PHONE 0403 939 430 EMAIL

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CONTACTS Gayle Fitzmaurice/Ray D'Costa PHONE 0437 180 094/0403 165 936 EMAIL

$399,000 - $420,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2

$389,000 - $409,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2

Alarm System

CONTACTS Ray D'Costa/Gayle Fitzmaurice PHONE 0403 165 936/0437 180 094 EMAIL

Modern decor throughout both thoughtful and practical. Including quality touches such as Air-Conditioning to Main Living Area Fully Fitted Kitchen Feature Ceiling to Kitchen Down lighting to Kitchen & Living Area CONTACTS Gayle Fitzmaurice/Ray D'Costa PHONE 0437 180 094/0403 165 936 EMAIL

FOR SALE Bassendean 71 Guildford Road

From $650,000 bed 3 bath 1 car 1

Beldon 12 Galleon Road

$549,000 - $579,000 bed 3 bath 1 car 2

Bentley 19/4 Channon Street

$469,000 - $499,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2

Bull Creek 60 Leichhardt Street

Expressions Of Interest bed 3 bath 1 car 1

Family home on a 926m2 block, located close to all public transport, schools and shops. Large master bedroom, large tiled open plan lounge room with glass sliding door, tiled meals area with split system a/c. Newly appointed kitchen with dishwasher, electric oven gas cook top. Complete with a built in store room and 4x6 shed. CONTACT Catheryn Wright PHONE 0432 371 067 EMAIL

Bayswater 38 Hotham Street

From $770,000 bed 3 bath 1 car 2

Not so often properties like this come on the market, zoned R25. This 1954 home sits on a 726m2 block and backs onto a park. Complete with a below ground salt pool and separate spa. The opportunities are endless to renovate this brick veneer home or build your dream home! CONTACT Catheryn Wright PHONE 0432 371 067 EMAIL

Investors why wait for the rezoning to go through in the next 18 months or more? This property already has subdivision potential now as it is a huge 902sqm block. With a great tenant already in place that would love to stay, you are assured of good return immediately. The elevated block has a wide street frontage & provides fabulous views from a 2nd storey. Year built 1984. CONTACT Shane Capelli

Beldon 84 Gradient Way

Spacious modern & extremely well presented family home is feature packed & offers 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms plus a spacious open plan living, dining & kitchen. Its conveniently located in a quiet street yet close to Westfield Carousel, Curtin University, Bentley Hospital, local schools, shops & transport. It would suit a wide variety of people including professionals, lock up & leave, fly-in-fly-out, young families, downsizers not wanting to downsize too much & investors. CONTACT Simon Neilson PHONE 0403 909 256 EMAIL

Primed and ready to add your personal touch, this rear villa in Bull Creek complex offers low maintenance & easy care living in a 4/52 Endeavour Avenue small highly convenient location & is a short walk to Murdoch train

This residence in a highly convenient location offers plenty of potential with foundations in place for a major revamp, where you can add your own personal touches or the opportunity to start afresh and build that dream family home you have always wanted. 785sqm (approx) block.

Bullsbrook 81 Ashton Road

PHONE 0410 339 499 EMAIL

CONTACTS Wayne Hocking/Megan Stone PHONE 0414 863 854/0407 120 166 EMAIL

$449,000 - $479,000 bed 3 bath 1 car 1

From $395,000 bed 2 bath 1 car 2

$1,450,000 bed 3 bath 1 car 1

This gorgeous home is a great start into this highly sought after suburb. With great street appeal, spacious living areas, king size master bedroom & huge outdoor entertaining all on a big, level 705sqm block it certainly wont last long! Air con, ceiling fans, gas point, aviary & so much more!! Block size 705 sqm Year built 1976 CONTACT Shane Capelli PHONE 0410 339 499 EMAIL

station, shops, parks, Kwinana Freeway, Fiona Stanley hospital and a host of other amenities. Perfect to lock and leave. CONTACTS Megan Stone/Wayne Hocking PHONE 0407 120 166/0414 863 854 EMAIL

8.2025 Ha (Approx. 20.26 acres) located within walking distance of the Bullsbrook town site. Pasture, parkland cleared and natural Australian bush. At present zoned General Rural. The property consists of a quaint cosy comfortable air conditioned Western Cedar home with magic views to the west from the living area. Location and future potential are options CONTACT Jenny Treloar to be considered here. PHONE 0427 012 729 EMAIL

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FOR SALE Burns Beach 9 Kianga Crescent

$1,149,000 Brigadoon 149 Caspian Way $1,150,000

bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Welcome to this lovely 2 storey home, situated in this prestigious Burns Beach Estate. If you are looking for SIZE then this is the home of you! Lounge, chefs kitchen, open plan family living, all bedrooms are king size, theatre or 5th brm, games, alfresco with pitched patio, sparkling BGP with glass fencing, block size approx 589sqm. CONTACTS Lyn Stowe/Anne Dearson PHONE 0405 109 113/0417 773 490 EMAIL

bed 4 bath 2 car 1

RESORT-STYLE LIVING IN THE HILLS Every day will feel like a holiday when you come home to this warm and inviting family property featuring a truly spectacular pool and entertaining complex. If entertaining and aquaculture are your thing, get ready to be seriously WOWED!! With so much on offer, the superb property will delight the fussiest buyers - so don't delay, call today to arrange your viewing.

Jennifer Jones 0409 684 213

Beautifully finished and with no expense spared. This neat Butler consists of 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, an open plan 13/6 Chipping Crescent property kitchen, living and dining area and a separate home theatre.

$445,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2

Ideally located footsteps away from Butler High School, Irene McCormack College, Butler Catholic Primary School with superb public transport links. CONTACT Gemma Andrews PHONE 0424 821 615 EMAIL

Superbly presented this neat, low maintenance 3 bedroom Butler should not be missed! Located footsteps away from 15/6 Chipping Crescent property Butler High School, Irene McCormack College, Butler Catholic

This stunning 3 bedroomed home has the lot! From the Butler you set eyes on this property you will realize that 21 Landbeach Boulevard moment this has been a much loved family home. Cared for and

bed 3 bath 2 car 2

bed 3 bath 2 car 3


Butler 42 Costelloe Gardens

$420,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2 92

Primary School and with great transport links, making this an ideal home or wise investment property. CONTACT Gemma Andrews PHONE 0424 821 615 EMAIL

Located in Butlers award winning village The Green, close to parks, the beach, East Butler Primary School and a very short walk to the new train station this 3x2 home is a must view! If you're looking for a first home under the stamp duty threshold it doesn't get much better than this, if you're looking for an investment or the perfect down-sizer.

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CONTACT Gemma Andrews PHONE 0424 821 615 EMAIL

From $559,000

Butler 90 Shepperton Drive

From $549,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

nurtured from the immaculate gardens to the stunning interior, it is a true credit to its current owners. CONTACTS Paul Turner/Steve Wilcox PHONE 0400 072 005/0421 277 366 EMAIL

If you are looking for a fabulous family home with all the extras then look no further, just listed this spacious 2007 Celebration Homes property will not last. Located in a popular pocket of Butler close to shops, high schools, primary schools and parks. CONTACT Gemma Andrews PHONE 0424 821 615 EMAIL

FOR SALE Canning Vale 118 Southacre Drive

From $699,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Canning Vale 6 Castleton Way

From $799,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Carramar 100 Rustic Gardens

From $2,295,000 bed 5 bath 4 car 6

Carramar 46 Cheriton Drive

Offers over $519,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Come and view this outstanding family home which has everything you need for a growing family and yet easy care. Located in the much sought after Ranford Estate in Canning Vale, which is minutes away from the Livingstone Shopping Centre, walking distance to Ranford Primary School, and such easy and close access to Roe Highway and South Street. CONTACT Seroja Kasli PHONE 0404 036 333 EMAIL

LOOKING FOR BIG? Then look no further than this amazing family home with 4 huge bedrooms with built in robes, study, activity room, formal lounge/dining, open plan living, high ceilings, Ducted air cond, reverse cycle splits, renovated kitchen, below ground swimming pool. CONTACT Jemima Botha PHONE 0416 406 410 EMAIL

Thoughtful and creative, elegant and sophisticated - yet with an element of glamour - this magnificent executive home offers unsurpassed luxury on perfect rural retreat! With over 900sqm under the main roof on 5 acres, this is the height of luxe living and combines unique style with comfortable modern living. CONTACT Jay Dass PHONE 0407 205 421 EMAIL

Fantastic 4x2 home. You had better be quick on this one, complete with powered workshop and room for van/boat. Great location, short walk to shops, coming up tavern, local schools and lovely parks. Even includes 6 solar panels to ease your electricity bills. This home is ideal for 1st home buyers, investors or your family home. CONTACT Sandy Watts PHONE 0412 448 891 EMAIL

Canning Vale 20 St Michael Green

From $575,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Carine 6 Ballidon Crescent

From $865,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 3

Carramar 35 Brightlands Circuit

From $549,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Champion Lakes 5 Gertrude Avenue

From $490,000

THE PERFECT HOME Located in a Cul de Sac, with beautiful gardens. 4 bed, 2 bath sep lounge, open plan living kitchen, dining, family & games room. Nothing to do, move straight in! Below ground pool, Bali style Gazebo, ducted air con + split system, walk to shops, schools & parks. CONTACT Karen Willis PHONE 0437 704 427 EMAIL

Have you been waiting for a property with something special? A home renovated, ready to move into & in a great location? Then this one is for you! The front of the home has been updated & features a wood lined portico, impressive landscaping & feature lighting. The renovation continues inside with modern kitchen & bathrooms & brand new engineered blackbutt timber flooring. All located on a family friendly street across from the park & playground within walking distance to Carine schools the Open Space. CONTACT Karen Riches PHONE 0408 646 651 EMAIL

Sandy Watts is proud to present this fantastic home for sale. Located in whisper quiet location within a short walk to shops, schools and new tavern which is now being built. With approx 208sqm of living, massive master bedroom and lounge/theatre room. Situated on fantastic 646sqm block, ideal for pool or workshop. CONTACT Sandy Watts PHONE 0412 448 891 EMAIL

Special Residential Zoning so if you have dreams of a Margaret River countryside lifestyle with home craft, horses & livestock in your backyard, well this is IT!!!

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FOR SALE Clarkson 1 Lantern Way

$569,000 - $599,000

Once in a while a property comes to the market that will impress the fussiest of buyers & this one is it. This fabulous home is filled with flawless attention to detail with NO expense spared.

bed 4 bath 3 car 2

Clarkson 116 Liberty Drive

From $549,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Clarkson 21 Beachport Retreat

From $429,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Connolly 51 Long Island Pass

$529,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 1 94

CONTACT John Cowup PHONE 0411 37 36 35 EMAIL

Clarkson 1 Wales Court

FROM $375,000 bed 3 bath 1 car 1

This Ross North built Threadbo home offers high ceilings, timber flooring, feature LED lighting & quality fixtures & fittings throughout - this is outstanding family living in one of Clarksons best homes. The stunning kitchen is central to the open living area & alfresco. Outdoor kitchen, timber decking & reticulated, easy care gardens, spacious home theatre, Enormous master suite & fantastic location. Shane Capelli Block 510sqm Year 2010 CONTACT PHONE 0410 339 499

Clarkson 19 Elmhurst Drive

Set in an elevated quiet cul de sac, this home is ideal for 1st home buyers or investors. Open plan living that extends out into gorgeous outdoor entertaining area, close to schools. One of the best you will see today.

Cloverdale 394 Abernethy Road


CONTACT Jeff Parkes PHONE 0418 923 989 EMAIL

This quality double storey home is perfectly positioned backing onto the Joondalup Resort Golf Course & includes a 7 day golf membership with full playing rights. With the additional benefit of FIRB pre-approval, this property is available for purchase by any Non Visa holding International buyer. Enjoying golf course & woodland views from the ground floor, this home has the welcoming & comfortable appeal for the discerning home owner CONTACT Carl Freeman or investor.

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PHONE 0408 793 037 EMAIL

From $499,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

From $690,000 bed 4 bath 1 car 1

Connolly 65 Dorado Beach Crescent

ALL OFFERS PRESENTED bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Awesome value entry price into this booming suburb! Super-sized 704sqm corner block – 3 bed x 1 bath home with loads of room to extend. Rear/side access possible to two sides of the home, quiet elevated street location, close to local shops, schools and parklands. CONTACT Belinda Lawrence PHONE Mobile EMAIL

Wanting a BIG modern home - in a quiet family-friendly location all on a easy-care/low maintenance block? Then welcome to this immaculate 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom home with its spacious and beautifully presented interior and practical layout. Step inside and be surprised - with 208sqm of floorspace (not including the garage!) it's BIG! CONTACT Belinda Lawrence PHONE 0432 547 921 EMAIL

Renovated family home and/or a R20/60 zoned development opportunity. This home has been lovingly extended while retaining the olden years charm. Lots of the vintage feel is reserved without compromising the modern comfort of open plan indoor living. Huge back and front yards with established gardens for family fun!! CONTACT Sanjoy Pradhan PHONE 0421 541 260 EMAIL

This elevated double or single storey homesite is positioned in a prime location of the popular Connolly suburb, with potential views of the Indian Ocean and minutes from the World Class Joondalup Country Club Resort & Golf Course. This blank canvas offers the opportunity to create a residential masterpiece and the flexibility to design a stunning home with excellent street appeal and a timeless floor plan. 440sqm block size CONTACT Carl Freeman PHONE 0408 793 037 EMAIL


Connolly 8 Prairie Dunes Place

From $785,000 bed 4

bath 2 car 2

CAPTIVATING COLONIAL HOME IN CONNOLLY Perfect cul-de-sac location in one of the prestigious streets in Connolly, where Christmas lights are ablaze in December. • Stained glass front door with beautiful tiled floors entry. • 4 Brms, 2 bthrms plus powder room • Beautiful large Mstr brm with W/in robe and huge ensuite. timber floors to all bedrooms • Separate study with timber floors, great size, could be a 5th brm • 3 minor bedrooms are a great size all with B/in robes, • Elegant formal step down lounge, timber floors, open fire & high ceilings • Step up to separate formal dining • Beautiful large kitchen, timber floors, with gas cook tops, cupboards galore & pantry, • 2nd meals area - very light and bright, overlooking the outdoors also. • Open plan family room, timber floors to kitchen and family room, lovely French doors separate the family room from the separate games or theatre room • Outdoors is fabulous, with an abundance of paving, all weather patio, sparkling fenced BGP • Special features: Auto retic front and back, dble lock up gge, with direct access, alarm system (not monitored). Ducted evap air con throughout This is a beautiful home with room for the whole family. Phone anytime for a private inspection, you’ll be delighted.

For more information, please contact:

Sylvia Stephens 0412 930 129

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FOR SALE Craigie 14 Malabar Crescent

Offers bed 3 bath 1 car 1

Doubleview 198b Huntriss Road

From $639,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 1

Duncraig 27 Strathyre Drive

$949,000 - $989,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Duncraig 89 Sycamore Drive

$1,195,000 - $1,235,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2 96

This neat and tidy 3 x 1 home is located on a 776sqm block and situated only moments away from Whitfords City Shopping Centre, local schools and beautiful beaches! Offering so much opportunity for so little - whether you are a first home buyer or investor, your options are unlimited. CONTACT Valerie Boyle PHONE 0404 864 932 EMAIL

Prepare to be instantly impressed when you step inside this stunningly renovated and light filled townhouse. Set in a quiet complex & a great location you'll admire the extra features & attention to detail that has been dedicated to this fantastic home that should be a priority viewing. CONTACT Marcus Lord PHONE 0417 911 107 EMAIL

Get ready for summer fun & entertaining with this spacious 2-storey home & its big living areas indoors & out! Located in sought-after Carine Glades precinct, on a wide avenue where very little ever comes up for sale, this spacious home has been designed to make the most of Perths glorious summer! Certainly a must to see if you are looking for a good family home in a good location. CONTACT Namita Mehra PHONE 0409 920 737 EMAIL

Down a picturesque maple-lined avenue & opposite lush green Juniper Park stands this commanding 2-storey house offering space, quality & the envious life-style of magical Carine Glades! As you step through double doors into a big entry foyer you can tell this home was built to a high standard & with focus on creating spacious living! The current owners have maintained the property & added modern touches, making it a beautiful home you'll enjoy! Sitting on a large 847m2 blk this 4 bed home + study offers CONTACT Namita Mehra generous living areas inside & out. PHONE 0409 920 737 EMAIL

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Currambine 1 Tanglewood Way

$749,000 - $789,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 4

Duncraig 14 Wanbrow Way

From $575,000 bed 3 bath 1 car 1

Duncraig 32 Plumosa Mews

$1,175,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

East Perth 23/60 Terrace Road

From $1,299,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2

This immaculate home has been beautifully renovated throughout. With French doors separating four formal & informal living areas, high ceilings, fabulous kitchen & 4 car garage. Fantastic outdoors, Queen size master, renovated ensuite & 2nd bathroom, r/cycle air con, solar panels, solar hot water, extra storage, security screens & so much more!! Block size 712 sqm. Year built 1995 CONTACT Shane Capelli PHONE 0410 339 499 EMAIL

This original 3x1 home with large shed is situated on a huge 827sqm block with lovely views across Marri Reserve. Renovate or detonate and start over, this is a rare opportunity to design and build your dream home on a big block in a quiet location. Close to several good schools, lots of parks, great shops and public transport. Short drive to The Hillarys Marina and the city. In our experience properties like this dont last long, so be quick or you will miss out. CONTACTS Paul Middleton/Sue Middleton PHONE 0419939391/0422046457 EMAIL

Lock up & leave is a feature of this home nestled in beautiful Plumosa Mews adjacent to Carine Glades Shopping Centre & next to beautiful Juniper Park. This beautiful home has many extras including high ceilings, fully monitored security system, security screens, ducted reverse cycle air con throughout, ducted vacuuming system, large laundry with plenty of storage throughout & enough CONTACT Chas Paridis parking for 6 Cars! PHONE 0418911289 EMAIL

One of the biggest apartments with panoramic Swan River views on Terrace Road. It is fully renovated, with open plan living and dining areas, huge master bedroom opening onto a large entertainers balcony. The large kitchen incorporates a casual dining area or an office with a pleasant outlook to the garden and river glimpses. Resort style facilities including swimming pool, sauna, BBQ, gazebos and rose gardens & visitors parking CONTACT Brian Godwin PHONE 0430 344 300 EMAIL

FOR SALE Ellenbrook 11 Thorold Avenue

From $469,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Are you looking for a family home on a great 608sqm block with a huge pool and awesome outdoor area for those summer parties? Would you like a sunken home theatre already equipped with projector and screen? With a sensible flowing floor plan, alfresco, patio and rear access through the garage, this has to be on the top of your list to view! CONTACT Tiffany Bray PHONE 0412 930 820 EMAIL

Ellenbrook 115 Fantail Crescent

$599,000 - $639,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Are you looking for a family home on a great 628sqm block Ellenbrook a sparkling pool for summer, a garden shed for storage 34 Bancombe Crescent with and a huge grassed area for the kids to play on? Freshly

Ellenbrook 35 Caldervale Avenue

bed 4 bath 2 car 2

bed 4 bath 2 car 2

From $469,000

Ellenbrook 6 Bendora Turn

From $499,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Girrawheen 9A Shalford Way

From $329,000 bed 3 bath 1 car 1

painted and with new flooring this much loved home is ready for you! Located in the highly sought after Charlottes Vineyard with easy access to the main Ellenbrook town centre what more CONTACT Tiffany Bray could you ask for? PHONE 0412 930 820

From $549,000

If you love entertaining and are looking for the perfect family home then this property set in a fantastic location is the one for you! Boasting 4 bedrooms 2 bathrooms, large living/dining area, games, theatre room, huge outdoor entertaining area is just fantastic great for summer and winter days. This wonderful family home is too good to be missed! CONTACT Fiona Moir

Ferndale 32 Ferndale Crescent

Set in a secure group of 8 townhouses with lovely maintained grounds and towering trees lies this renovated and spotlessly presented 3 bedroom townhouse with parking for 4 cars if needed. The townhouse is flooded with light, has modern fixtures & fittings throughout & leads to a fantastic, extra-large private back garden which the kids & the grown-ups alike will love!! CONTACT Simon Neilson

Gosnells 72 Stalker Road


PHONE 0429 294 850 EMAIL

PHONE 0403 909 256 EMAIL

From $560,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2

From $399,000 bed 3 bath 1

Be amongst the first to visit this much loved two storey, family home situated high in Woodlake rise, Dress Circle Estate. Complete with a sparkling pool for summer, large grassed area for the kids and stunning views of the Darling Ranges, it is not to be missed! From the moment you enter, you will feel at home. CONTACT Tiffany Bray PHONE 0412 930 820 EMAIL

Dont miss out on this fabulous modern family home that has something for everyone, great 4 bedroom 2 bathroom with theatre, games plus reverse cycle a/c with a great big covered entertaining area for all year use, great backyard for the kids to play. Dont forget the drive through access to powered shed with security. Located in a quiet street, close to schools and shops. CONTACT Fiona Moir PHONE 0429 294 850 EMAIL

THIS IS YOUR DREAM HOME! Sitting atop 708 sqm of elevated block is your dream home. This fully renovated three bedroom two bathroom home in lovely leafy sought after Ferndale has been fully renovated and is ready to move in. There's not a penny to spend. CONTACT Seroja Kasli PHONE 0404 036 333 EMAIL

WORKSHOP, SIDE ACCESS, BIG ROOMS Be Quick to secure this excellent investment opportunity with a large and spacious 3 bed, 1 bath home. This property is ready for you to keep your existing tenant and start your portfolio or move into your 1st home. CONTACT Jemima Botha PHONE 0416 406 410 EMAIL october 14 | PRIMOLIFE


FOR SALE Greenwood 20 Zamia Place

From $639,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Guilderton 44 Mortimer Road

From $579,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 1

Gwelup 10B Aachen Crescent

From $649,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2

Halls Head 5 Lorea Loop

From $339,000

This quality 4x2 family home has been extremely well cared for & offers very comfortable living for the whole family. The home is situated on a slightly elevated 683 sqm block, in a quiet street in the western portion of Greenwood. Two good sized living areas, front lounge room connects to the dining room & the centrally located kitchen, renovated main bathroom, ducted air con, gas bayonet, security screens, Foxtel point & drive thru garage/ carport. Close to the High School & Primary School, shops, parks & CONTACT Julie Vincent public transport. PHONE 0403 809 445 EMAIL

Greenwood 68 Allenswood Road

Idyllic holiday & lifestyle location Just metres from the beach and a short stroll to Moore River, surrounded by beautiful mature trees & set on a 902sqm block. This 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom, 2 storey home is set up to sleep 10 – great for those family get togethers.

Guildford 3 Chestnut Street

CONTACT Shane Capelli PHONE 0410 339 499 EMAIL

Whether you are looking to downsize or purchase your very first home this beautifully maintained property has it all. An ideal lock up & leave with low maintenance gardens & offering a fantastic outdoor entertaining area with plenty of room for everyday living, this property wont last long! A fantastic opportunity presents itself here for you to move in & start living with nothing needing to be done. Do not delay as properties like this one move quickly! CONTACT Ben Keevers PHONE 0404 056 010 EMAIL

Located in beautiful Halls Head and just a stroll to the beach, this is a place to call home. North East facing 694m2 block with a 19m frontage set amongst beautiful homes. This popular beach-side estate offers shops, schools, cafe, playgrounds all in close proximity. CONTACT Tanya Hawtin PHONE 0403 518 782 EMAIL


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From $549,000 bed 4 bath 1 car 1

From $849,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2

Gwelup 21 Lagonda Drive

From $839,000 bed 3 bath 1 car 1

Harrisdale 7 Baystone Parade

From $829,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 3

This four bedroom (three of which have built in robes), one bathroom home sits on the high side of the street. With two separate living areas, renovated kitchen, drive-through access to backyard and shed. There is a below ground salt pool plus loads of entertaining space. The home is close to shops, transport and schools. CONTACT Lee Parkinson PHONE 0422 233 484 EMAIL

Located in a prestigious pocket of Guildford this beautifully presented home will tick all the boxes for even the most discerning buyer. With just a short stroll to the highly sought after Guildford Grammar School, close proximity to shops & services, ease of access to Perth airports & the public transport where you want it. Spring is the perfect time to view this property CONTACT Lincoln Palmer with a garden to show. PHONE 0412 863 659 EMAIL

Nestled in a unique family friendly & quaint street with an unrestricted panoramic outlook over the natural Lake Gwelup Reserve, this beautifully presented home is packed full of character, natural light & bursting with potential. Situated on a large 748sqm flat block, this home is guaranteed to take away your stresses & make you feel like you're on vacation every day. CONTACT Jarrod O'Neil PHONE 0411 103 617 EMAIL

QUALITY AT ITS BEST WITH TRIPLE GARAGE! Fabulous family home with 281sqm of living on a generous 774sqm block. Boasting 4 beds, 2 baths, study large enough for 5th bed, separate theatre, open plan kitchen, family, meals and games. 2 alfresco entertaining areas, opposite park, triple garage with access through to 6.5 x 3.5 workshop. CONTACT Karen Lloyd PHONE 0421 614 447 EMAIL

FOR SALE Harrisdale 7 Olinda Street

From $325,000 VACANT LAND

The last available block in Olinda Street is just waiting for your dream home! Situated in Heron Park Estate, this 406sqm green title block, with a 12.5 metre frontage offers a picture perfect lifestyle. Heron Park is a fast growing estate, with a peaceful, healthy and sustainable standard of living for residents. CONTACT Marg Kudla PHONE 0457 515 007 EMAIL

Heathridge 1 Caridean Street

Offers Invited bed 3 bath 1 car 1

Hillarys 4 Phoenix Street

From $929,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2

Hillarys 6 Carron Rise

$1,200,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Harrisdale 7 Raven Way

From $535,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Boasting so much more than its obvious street appeal, this fab 3 bed home is definitely one which will appeal to the buyers who love outdoor living & with public transport, local shops & all amenities a hop, skip and a jump way, you can sell the car! Situated on a generous 713sqm corner block in a Heathridge location, this well appointed pad has been well looked after by its one & only, fastidious owners.

Hillarys 29 Taylor Way

Absolute stunner. beautiful solid timber floors throughout main living & the separate TV media room, quality chefs kitchen, stone bench tops/breakfast bar, open plan family room & meals area all adjoining private outdoor entertaining. Accommodation consists of 3 large bedrooms with walk in & built in robes, 2 quality bathrooms, floor to ceiling tiles with featured ceramic wall. CONTACT Jeff Coghill

Hillarys 5 Waterford Drive

180 degree ocean views from this immaculate, executive style 4 x 2, whisper quiet luxury two storey family home. Formal low maintenance gardens, bore, sparkling pool, huge alfresco entertainment area all on a whopping 862sqm block. Ideally located in elevated, central Hillarys. There is just so much to be impressed with this absolute beauty.

Hillarys 9 Flinders Avenue

CONTACT Gaylene Bicheno PHONE 0419 929 616 EMAIL

PHONE 0412 928 643 EMAIL

CONTACT Mick Evans PHONE 0417 933 620 EMAIL

$629,000 bed 3 bath 1 car 1

From $850,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2

From $849,000 bed 4 bath 1 car 2

WHEN SIZE MATTERS.. This is the only way to go.This 3 bed, 2 bath home is just perfect, a quiet street in this growing suburb is the perfect place to live boasting ducted air conditioning, huge bedrooms, porcelain tiles, high ceilings, open plan living, theatre room, double garage, paved outdoor area & Solar panels. CONTACT Jemima Botha PHONE 0416 406 410 EMAIL

Buy into this sought after coastal suburb at entry level and enjoy your summers by the pool. This 3 bedroom, 1 bathroom home is perfect for a small family or a couple. Kitchen overlooking pool and outdoor area, huge backyard with low maintenance artificial lawns, northern sun to the backyard, evaporative air-con, gas connection in lounge, courtyard off lounge, laundry off kitchen, & laminated timber flooring to the bedrooms. Block Size 683sqm approx. CONTACT Leigh Wilson PHONE 0410 056 092 EMAIL

A home to fall in love with! Be quick! This beautifully renovated & presented Hamptons Beach style home is located just a short stroll to Mawson Park & in close proximity to the beach & the Hillarys Marina. Set privately behind a brick and timber in filled fence, this spacious light filled home is sure to impress the most fastidious of buyers. CONTACT Kathy Clement PHONE 0403 539 820 EMAIL

WOW A classy luxurious, fully renovated, 4x1 with study, family home, in an ideal location. Modern fixtures and fittings feature throughout this stylish home. Great entertaining area, spacious living areas and lots more. What a Beauty!! CONTACT Mick Evans PHONE 0417 933 620 EMAIL october 14 | PRIMOLIFE


FOR SALE Proudly presenting this outstanding home in the sought after Iluka of Iluka. If you are after a spacious home with views 22 Moonflight Crescent suburb overlooking the beautiful lakes and park land within a short

Situated in the ever popular suburb of Iluka and representing Iluka excellent buying opportunity for the astute 31 Shoalwater Parkway an owner-occupier, this outstanding family home is a great

bed 4 bath 2 car 2

bed 4 bath 2 car 2


Iluka 8 Santos Vista

From $749,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2

Innaloo 2/55 Thor Street

From $549,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2

Innaloo 54A Barnes Street

$529,000-$549,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 1 100

walking distance to our glistening coast line Look no further this property is sure to impress any astute buyer!! CONTACTS Kathy McGurk/Steve Wilcox PHONE 0451 669 139/0421 277 366 EMAIL

From $799,000

This uber chic home commands your immediate attention! Completed with quality fixtures and finishes throughout, this home is immaculately presented and with a surprising list of additional features, all thats left for you to do is move in and start your enjoying your new lifestyle! Homes of this calibre are always in demand, so act fast to secure today! CONTACT Jay Dass

Innaloo 19 Windell Street

Stunning 3 bed semi-ensuite villa in superior and quiet Innaloo location. It boasts an appealing elevation plus once inside an open plan layout with generous size lounge, meals and kitchen. Superbly maintained throughout and featuring A/cond and security alarm it will please the most discerning buyer. Outdoors, summertime BBQs and entertaining are a breeze in the large sunny courtyard

Innaloo 41c Norman Street

PHONE 0407 205 421 EMAIL

CONTACT Marcus Lord PHONE 0417 911 107 EMAIL

This delightful front home is the perfect start to home ownership. Comprising of 3 bedrooms, 2 x bathrooms and open plan living spaces, lock up garage, with ample storage space this home ticks a lot of boxes. The home is air-conditioned and has an alarm system. The rear private courtyard includes timber decking and a built in BBQ.

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CONTACT Phyllis Gemelli PHONE 0407 386 501 EMAIL

From $619,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2

Contact Agent bed 3 bath 2 car 2

Joondalup 14 Kazan Close

$569,000 - $599,000 bed 5 bath 2 car 2

opportunity for you to move into this sought-after area. This exceptional spacious home boasts neutral decor and loads of natural light. CONTACT Kim Riley PHONE 0449 781 685 EMAIL

WOW is all I can say about these luxury three bed two bath, double garage home/villas in prime location built by Trendsetter Homes. Perfect for FIRB buyers, Retirees, FIFO workers & First Homebuyers looking for benefits. With a 6 STAR energy rating extras include chefs kitchens, reverse cycle air con, alarm system, stainless appliances, built in robes, lined alfresco patio and double auto lock up garage. Walk to Stirling Train Station only 450m away. One SOLD two LEFT so don’t delay! CONTACT Marcus Lord PHONE 0417 911 107 EMAIL

Sure to satisfy all your desires, this property is offered with a wide range of contemporary features. You will delighted with the Magnificent chef's kitchen completed with stone bench tops & an abundance of cupboard space, spacious family room, stunning timber flooring, separate theatre room with gorgeous French doors and quality fixtures and fittings throughout! CONTACT James Drummond PHONE 0422 043 344 EMAIL

Supersize family home! Great location! Features: study, all large bedrooms, Cul de sac location, open plan kitchen/dining/family and theatre room or 5th bedroom. CONTACT Pauline Lyon PHONE 0427 968 070 EMAIL

FOR SALE Joondanna 67A Powell Street

End Date Sale bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Looking for a stunning family home in sought after suburb of Joondanna? Look no further! This incredible 4x2 two storey property will delight all of the senses with big open spaces, huge bedrooms, views to the city and hills and great areas to entertain. Built in 2007 this owner built home is bursting with features both inside and out. CONTACT Dean Bradley PHONE 0411 110 779 EMAIL

Kallaroo 119 Castlecrag Drive

From $959,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2

Welcome to this immaculate two bedroom 1st floor* apartment Kallaroo the stunning resort-style over 55s retirement village of St. 226/177 Dampier Avenue within Ives at Northshore! Overlooking the lush bowling green, BBQ

Kallaroo 3/167 Dampier Avenue

bed 2 bath 1 car 0

bed 3 bath 2 car 2

From $279,000

Karrinyup 3a Klein Street

From $969,000 bed 4 bath 3 car 2

Kingsley 2 Ibis Court

From $1,259,500 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

area and pool to the West this beautifully maintained home offers all the must-haves along with the wonderful amenities and security that living in a village of this calibre has to offer its residents.


Sensational Style and Value. Directly overlooking Edmondson Klein Reserve this stunning 3 year old contemporary residence boasts style and class. A beautiful family home, it has been completed to a high specification throughout, with stunning Blackbutt floors, very high ceilings in the family living area, plantation shutters on most windows and carpeted bedrooms.

Karrinyup 91a Pascoe Street

CONTACT Belinda Lawrence PHONE 0432 547 921 EMAIL

CONTACTS Paul Middleton/Sue Middleton PHONE 0419939391/0422046457 EMAIL

Tradition, position, and an abundance of features encompass this very special property positioned within the tightly held Kingslake estate and set on an impressive 2346m2 corner lot offering lake views and an enviable lifestyle. CONTACT Rob Nicholls PHONE 0407 442 222 EMAIL

END DATE SALE bed 3 bath 2 car 2

Kingsley 3 Erith Close

From $679,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Create special memories in this beautifully maintained, individually designed TWO storey spacious home, ideal for young or teenage family, on an easy care 816sqm block superbly located in prestigious Ocean Shore Estate, only metres to the beach and within walking distance to St Marks School and Whitfords Shopping Centre. CONTACT Sheila Stritch PHONE 0412 212 748 EMAIL

OVER 55'S 3 BED X 2 BATH DOUBLE GARAGE SURVEY STRATA REAR VILLA IN SMALL COMPLEX OF 6 - NEARING COMPLETION Anyone can purchase this over 55's quality constructed 3 bed (or 2 bed plus study) x 2 bath villa although one resident must be over 55. Solid timber floorboards in the living areas & carpets to the bedrooms, blinds, LED down lights in living areas, reverse cycle air-con in living & master bedroom, modern kitchen, gas hot water system & gas point in the living area. close proximity CONTACT Shane Capelli to parks, reserves & beaches. PHONE 0410 339 499 EMAIL

EASY LIVING IN KARRINYUP This delightful street front duplex house is opposite Lake Karrinyup Country club, just a short walk to Karrinyup Shopping Centre or Lake Gwelup reserve. Great schools to choose from and easy transport. This lovely home has a very large living area with higher ceilings and good size bedrooms. Ensuite and walk in robe to Master bedroom. Built in robes to bedrooms 2 and 3. Suit Buyers from high $600’s CONTACT Brian Godwin PHONE 0430 344 300 EMAIL

Quietly positioned at the end of the street, this home is packed with punch. Four decent sized bedrooms (all with BIRs), 2 separate bathrooms, study and three separate living areas. The open plan kitchen overlooks the meals, family, backyard and patio. Double lock up garage with drive through access all on an 820sqm block. CONTACT Lee Parkinson PHONE 0422 233 484 EMAIL october 14 | PRIMOLIFE


FOR SALE Kingsley 19B Durban Crescent

From $499,000 bed 3 bath 1 car 1

Kingsley 44A Dalton Crescent

Auction bed 3 bath 2 car 2

This stunning three bedroom, one bathroom duplex home is set in a quiet location. It has a brand new massive kitchen which overlooks the meals and large living area. The bathroom and laundry are beautifully renovated. The decent sized patio and a large landscaped back garden are perfect for entertaining. The home is close to parks and transport. CONTACT Lee Parkinson PHONE 0422 233 484 EMAIL

This one off individually designed multi level property with amazing 180 degrees views over Kingsley & northern suburbs is a must viewing! If you are looking for something different, something bold, something big, something special then step up & take a look at this commanding Kingsley property situated in a special Kingsley location!! CONTACT James & Kylie Kennedy PHONE 0421 420 450 EMAIL

Kingsley 4 Boloka Rise

From $739,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Kingsley 7B Mooltunya Court

$499,000 - $529,000 bed 3 bath 1 car 1

High on the hill, sits this beautifully renovated 4 brm + study Kingsley 5th brm, 2 bath home. Complete with stunning open plan 83 Moolanda Boulevard orkitchen, 2 decent size separate living areas, a 2nd study area

Kinross 10 Ossian Way

bed 4 bath 2 car 4

bed 5 bath 2 car 2

From $639,000

or dining room, plus renov baths, a large undercover paved patio, & huge outdoor entert area. A private kid friendly garden the home is close to transport, shops & primary schools. CONTACT Lee Parkinson PHONE 0422 233 484 EMAIL

From $639,000

Easy care gardens on a low maintenance block, this terrific Kinross bedroom home offers an affordable entry into a popular 4 Geoff Russell Avenue three location. It combines smart practical finishes and a great

Langford 21 Southgate Road

bed 3 bath 2 car 2

bed 3 bath 3 car 1

$485,000 - $495,000


setting to create a comfortable home of convenience.

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CONTACT Kim Riley PHONE 0449 781 685 EMAIL

From $349,000

This four big bedrooms (all with built in robes) home sits high in the suburb and is renovated with style and perfection. Boasting a formal lounge and dine, open plan living. Views from the kitchen to the Bali style back yard and pool this home will surely impress you. CONTACT Lee Parkinson PHONE 0422 233 484 EMAIL

Unpack, unwind and enjoy this fantastic 3 bed duplex home in a quiet elevated cul de sac. Whether this is your first home, downsizing or investing this one will be hard to beat with features including: Separate front lounge with gas point, Renovated kitchen, Large dining area opening onto rear garden, Ducted air con & more. CONTACT Shaun Pettit PHONE 0411 725 511 EMAIL

A pleasure to present this spacious family home that caters for everyone! Study, sunken formal lounge, huge open plan casual living, stunning chefs kitchen, games room, activity area. Extras include; ducted evap a/con, split system to family & meals area, double lock up garage, a chefs vegie garden, Block size 635sqm CONTACTS Anne Dearson/Lyn Stowe PHONE 0417 773 490/0405 109 113 EMAIL


FOR SALE Leeming 2 Terry Road

Offers Above $675,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Lower Chittering 119 Caladenia Close

$439,000 - $449,000

If you're looking to live in Leeming with a budget under $700,000 you will never get a better opportunity to buy a home of this quality with this list of features and with access to so many amenities. Featuring formal lounge & dining, family, ducted cooling, patio outdoor entertaining area on 739m2 block. CONTACTS Marg Kudla/Greg Jones PHONE 0457 515 007/0411 015 189 EMAIL

A hidden retreat with all the hard work completed. Ready to build on is this 5 acre (2ha) fully fenced block in the peaceful and private Wandena Estate. Massive 20x10 powered workshop includes open bay at one end plus 60 sqm patio and 80sqm fully enclosed mezzanine floor beneath, and, partially enclosed above 120,000 litre rainwater tank.

Leeming 2/10 Fox Court

$499,000 - $539,000 bed 3 bath 1 car 1

Lower Chittering 207 Holstein Loop

$265,000 - $275,000

CONTACT Jenny Treloar PHONE 0427 012 729 EMAIL

Mandurah 1 Sunningdale Chase

$370,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2

Mandurah 7 Foster Road

Offers above $375,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

MEADOW SPRINGS This 469m2 duplex corner block offers privacy and the layout of the home offers space where you need it. With 3 double size bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, huge kitchen, open plan living, sep formal lounge and a courtyard to relax in. There is a double lock up garage, ducted air-cond and security screens fitted throughout. CONTACT Kathryn Fiorenza PHONE 0427 475 661 EMAIL

COODANUP Situated in a well established area with schools, shops and public transport close by this 4 x 2 x 2 property is situated on a 773m2 block with immaculately kept gardens graced by nature’s touches. Separate lounge and formal dining areas. Sun room, activity room. 7m x 7m powered workshop. Plenty of room for the boat/van. CONTACTS Julie Isherwood/Pauline Bill PHONE 0499 778 493/0487 832 539 EMAIL

This outstanding detached triplex with no strata fees located in stunning central Leeming cul-de-sac location provides a rare & exciting opportunity for first home buyers, investors or downsizers. Featuring open plan living and dining, alarm & secure parking. The property is close to schools, shopping, public transport, Murdoch University & train station. CONTACTS Greg Jones/ Marg Kudla PHONE 0411 015 189/0457 515 007 EMAIL

You could have your RURAL DREAM, so close to everything. In a most sought after area prestigious Maryville Downs is a beautiful level, fully fenced 2HA (Approximately 5 Acres) bush block. Full of natures own treats, huge established old trees, grass trees, a resident family of kangaroos and an abundance of different kinds of wild flowers in spring. Why would you buy a CONTACT Catheryn Wright tiny block in the suburbs? PHONE 0432 371 067 EMAIL

Mandurah 1/2D Treviso Mews

Price on Application bed 3 bath 2 car 2

Spacious well appointed classy apartment is light filled and open living/ dining adjoining the spacious entertaining north facing balcony. Finished with the chef in mind the kitchen is suited for any cook, stone bench tops with ample storage. Large study adjacent to the main living, where all the office work can be done in peace and quiet. CONTACTS Paul Harris/Lisa Harris PHONE 0419 730 732/0407 093 838 EMAIL

RAVENSWOOD A spacious 3 bed 2 bath home in Rodoreda Mandurah will appeal to any buyer looking for that unique 7/70 Rodoreda Crescent Heights property. Across from a natural bushland park, this home is

$399,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

versatile and is very easy to up keep. Open kitchen, meals and living, separate theatre, activity/office plus a large room which can be used as a games room or a 4th bedroom. CONTACT Kathryn Fiorenza PHONE 0427 475 661 EMAIL october 14 | PRIMOLIFE


FOR SALE HALLS HEAD The home is part of a small complex of Mandurah villas. Situated at the front of the complex, this 11/10 Hungerford Avenue retirement easy to maintain and recently refurbished 2 x 1 unit offers

Mandurah 13 Pepperwood Rise

bed 2 bath 1 car 1

bed 3 bath 2 car 1


Mandurah 15 Vance Street

$395,000 bed 3 bath 1 car 1

Mandurah 43 Willow Brook View

Offers above $429,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

two good sized bedrooms, big built in robes, combined laundry and bathroom, separate wc. Great size kitchen and an open plan meals and lounge room. CONTACT Rick Uren PHONE 0414 779 834 EMAIL

DUDLEY PARK The bowls club is in rolling distance form this well presented home that contains tropical like gardens in the large backyard. Comprises of 3 bedrooms, two living areas, tiles through out, as new kitchen, fully enclose patio with pot belly, approx 4.5 x 7 shed, solar system, this is a must see and a must buy! CONTACTS Paul Harris/Lisa Harris PHONE 0419 730 732/0407 093 838 EMAIL

MEADOW SPRINGS This 4 bedroom 2 bathroom modern home has been finished to perfection. Open plan living area and meals. Kitchen fittings offering stone bench tops, stainless steel appliances. Master bedroom with wall paper , walk in robes and modern ensuite. 3 minor bedrooms are good size and all with robes. CONTACT Rick Uren PHONE 0414 779 834 EMAIL


Mandurah 24/1 Banksia Terrace

$324,000 bed 2 bath 1 car 1

Mandurah 44A Charon Road

Buyers above $359,000 bed 3 bath 1 car 0

DAWESVILLE This holiday home is set on its own strata title Mandurah The spacious kitchen has recently been refurbished is 47/1149 Old Coast Road block. bright and airy and looks over the dining area with elevated

Mandurah 9 Wildwood Hill

bed 1 bath 1 car 1

bed 3 bath 1 car 2

Offers above $150,000


views of the park. Step down to the lounge area where there is ample living space and an extra sleeping area with split system air con. There is also a laundry and bathroom.

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CONTACT Pauline Bill PHONE 0487 832 539 EMAIL


HALLS HEAD Build your dream home in this beautiful location set in a quiet area and surrounded by quality homes this 751m2 block residential battle axe offering security and privacy could be just what you are looking for. The location is superb with beautiful beaches, the vast estuary, the Cut Golf Course and Port Bouevard Marina all close by. CONTACT Pauline Bill PHONE 0487 832 539 EMAIL

SOUTH YUNDERUP Low maintenance fully renovated immaculate 2x1 apartment. Secure complex electric gate entry, perfect lock and leave. Balcony off master suite. Open plan living areas. Paved alfresco areas. One car bay and visitors bays. Friendly community and pet friendly. Resort style living, pool, jetties etc. CONTACT Julie Isherwood PHONE 0499 778 496 EMAIL

FALCON You have the brilliant Falcon Bay beach at one end of the street and the excellent Miami shopping centre at the other end. Located in Falcon’s Golden Triangle this charming 2-storey A-frame home exudes buckets of character and promises you the relaxing, fun filled lifestyle you deserve. Just so casual. Just so chic. CONTACT Maureen Parsons PHONE 0413 033 144 EMAIL

DAWESVILLE This near new property located in “Timbers Edge” has 3 bedrooms and 1 semi ensuite bathroom. Theatre, double garage and lovely timber decked outdoor ent area. As a resident of Timbers Edge you'll get to enjoy all of the fabulous facilities an indoor heated pool, function centre and more. Family friendly estate. CONTACT Kathryn Fiorenza PHONE 0427 475 661 EMAIL

FOR SALE DAWESVILLE Enjoy the wonderful carefree lifestyle this Mandurah has to offer. Nestled between the ocean and the 75/1149 Old Coast Road property estuary Ideal for FIFO worker or retiree the facilities include

Marangaroo 12 Ewell Court

bed 1 bath 1 car 0

bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Buyers Over $99,000

Marangaroo 14 Windarra Heights

$459,000 - $479,000 bed 5 bath 2 car 0

Mindarie 36 Bayport Circuit

$799,000 - $849,000 bed 4 bath 3 car 2

Mullaloo 17 Walcha Street

High $800,000's bed 4 bath 2 car 2

swimming pool and BBQ area. Ideal investment currently tenanted at $210 per week – ideal tenant would love to stay on. CONTACT Pauline Bill PHONE 0487 832 539 EMAIL

POTENTIAL, POTENTIAL, POTENTIAL. 5 X Bedroom, 2 X Bathroom solid brick home on approx 691m2 block in a super location. Set in a quiet elevated street a stones throw from one of Marangaroos best parks and walking distance from Highclere Medical/Dental and public Transport,this Property is priced to sell and a super buy. CONTACT Valerie Boyle PHONE 0404 864 932 EMAIL

Proudly presented by John Cowup, stands this magnificent residence completed in June 2012 & situated on an easy care 389sqm block. This fabulous double storey family home is filled with flawless attention to detail with no expense spared & is totally in a class of its own. CONTACT John Cowup PHONE 0411 37 36 35 EMAIL

Welcome to an extraordinary family residence that presents a 'rare' combination for both comfort and location to enjoy a superb beach lifestyle! Nestled well within the heart of 'old Mullaloo, a short stroll takes you to rolling green parklands, or pearl white sands, yet still close enough to all major amenities and is a definite 'must see' for potential buyers this weekend. CONTACT Stephen Simpson PHONE 0408 944 282 EMAIL

From $579,000

Mindarie 12 Lena Pass

$849,000 - $899,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Situated in Marangaroo West, this very special family home, beautifully presented & packed full of quality wherever you look, is ideal for those buyers looking for room to expand. From the fantastic interior, where extensive renovations have been carried out, to the brilliant exterior with double carport as well as heaps of parking for several other vehicles including parking for boat/caravan/trailer. CONTACTS Simon Neilson/Kathy Hamilton PHONE 0403 909 256/0408 950 085 EMAIL

This is your chance to secure this quality built 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom property located in a prestigious part of Mindarie, this beautiful double storey home sits on a very generous 744sqm block, with stunning ocean views from the second level. CONTACT John Cowup PHONE 0411 37 36 35 EMAIL

With modern comforts throughout, this classic renovated and Mount Hawthorn 3x1 character home still has the feeling and 121 Shakespeare Street extended features of a bygone era. From the beautiful high ceilings to

AUCTION bed 3 bath 1 car 1

Mullaloo 8 Koorana Road

From $699,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

the leadlight doors and jarrah floors the timeless character merges seamlessly with the extension to the rear of the home. CONTACT Dean Bradley PHONE 0411 110 779 EMAIL

Presenting a very substantial home situated close to all major amenities, fine shopping, restaurants & cafe's. Boasting 4 good size bedrooms,2 luxury bathrooms, a separate lounge/dining ,large open plan kitchen, meals with step down family plus separate games. Open both of the rooms solid double doors & you will step under a huge pitch all weather protected pergola facing tranquil greenery, free standing gazebo all perfectly crafted for superb outdoor relaxation. Block size 692m2 CONTACT Stephen Simpson PHONE 0408 944 282 EMAIL october 14 | PRIMOLIFE


Why I love . . .


Joondalup is more than just the location of some of the best shopping in the northern suburbs - it’s also an awardwinning place to live, says Phil Smith, licensee of Peard Real Estate Joondalup.


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Joondalup is a green and pleasant land indeed, with over 300 parks and reserves for the use of residents and visitors alike, as well as sport, recreation and community organisations. Joondalup after all is home to the West Perth footy club, a WAFL stalwart with a long history which now calls the Arena home. But it’s not all about bushland and neatly-tended grass. There’s also a diversity of coastal foreshore and wetland areas including the well-known and regionally significant Yellagonga Regional Park and a number of Bush Forever sites. And if beaches are more your thing, then you’d be hard pushed to find more wonderful stretches of golden sandy coastline than those that lucky Joondalup

residents call their own. There’s a current population of around 167,000 in the City of Joondalup as a whole, a reflection perhaps of the fact that it was named the world’s most liveable city in 2011 for its population size at the UNendorsed annual International Awards for Liveable Communities. Covering 39.2sqkm from beach to bushland, Joondalup then has something for everybody in search of that legendary northern suburbs lifestyle. Add to the mix too the fact that Joondalup has become the venue for some of the best free community events around and it’s hard to see why you’d ever go anywhere else. For instance in October (from October 19 to October 31), there’s the popular

BEST OF BOTH WORLDS Joondalup is blessed with access to some of the best coastline in WA as well as bush and parklands a-plenty.

Community Invitation Art Award held each year at Lakeside Joondalup Shopping City. Some of WA’s most talented contemporary artists will take part in the exhibition, including Jacqueline Ball, Christophe Canato, Teelah George, David Ledger, Alex Maciver, Elisa Markes-Young, Dan McCabe, Mark Parfitt, Perdita Phillips, Jody Quackenbush, Nicole Slatter, Justin Spiers and Roderick Sprigg. All will be vying for a host of prizes and one artist will be commissioned to produce an artwork for the City of Joondalup Inside-Out Billboard for display from March 2015. Visitors can also help judge the Popular Choice Award by voting for their favourite artwork. On Sunday October 26, there’s the

Little Feet Festival at Edith Cowan University’s Joondalup campus. It’s one of Perth’s most popular events for youngsters, providing outstanding free family-friendly entertainment for kids aged 12 and under. Looking forward to November, the music concert season kicks off with the Music in the Park Concert series, the first of three. Held at Mawson Park, Hillarys, the concert is a fantastic opportunity for local residents to enjoy outstanding Australian musicians and performers in their local parks. The finale of the city’s summer season of events is the Joondalup Festival which attracts in the region of 50,000 people each year, an attendance that's bigger than a full house at Patersons Stadium. Highlights

include a licensed festival tent with a program of performances by local, national and international award-winning companies. To encourage more visitors to experience Lakeside Joondalup Shopping City, it was recently announced that the city has abolished parking fees and restrictions on Saturday mornings. Previously paid parking applied between 8am and noon, but now visitors can use the city’s onstreet and off-street parking bays for free - matching the free Wi-Fi in the city centre too - another reason to give the credit card a workout at one of WA’s biggest dedicated shopping centres, which keeps growing as the years go by. Myer is set to open its doors as part of a multi-million dollar redevelopment of the mammoth shopping october 14 | PRIMOLIFE


Why I love... Joondalup

space on November 20 - a real coup for a non-CBD hub. The new addition will make the shopping centre the biggest in the state. If you’ve got kids in tow, the city has many education options including 47 government and private primary schools, 16 public and private high schools and, for those pursuing higher education, the Joondalup Learning Precinct in the heart of the City encompasses Edith Cowan University, West Coast Institute and the WA Police Academy. There’s also the NECA WA College of Electrical Training and the MTA WA Automotive Institute of Technology. Located just 25 minutes north of Perth along the Mitchell Freeway, the area is well connected in terms of public transport too. It’s close too to Hillarys, which makes a visit


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to Rottnest Island easy as well as access to the Swan Valley,Yanchep National Park and further afield, The Pinnacles. Joondalup is also home to an awardwinning 27-hole golf course at the internationally renowned Joondalup Resort. Diverse housing options are available

WILD AT HEART There are some important protected bushland sites in Joondalup where wildlife roams free, and residents enjoy the gorgeous west coast sunsets.

from smart new apartments in the heart of the city to three and four-bedroom family homes along leafy, well-maintained suburban streets. Original housing in Joondalup dates from the early 1980s. Apartments which can be one, two or three-bedroom range from $350k to $650k. The diverse housing stock includes cosmopolitan townhouses, single-storey linked housing, bushland-style properties with lakeland views as well as three and four-bedroom established family homes ranging from $450k to $900k on generous sized blocks at around 700sqm plus. Average rents average are from $400 to $650pw. There’s a student element in the city

too thanks to ECU’s campus which attracts a cross-section of students from around the world. Corporate visitors are drawn to Joondalup too with a worldclass convention centre and, of course, the chance to stay in the resort itself. The Shire has designated various potential housing opportunity areas within its boundaries for greater density housing close to the main shopping and transport facilities, flagging up the area’s intention to continue to attract new residents to its borders over the next few years. A private hospital as well as the busy Joondalup Health Campus serves this and other northern suburbs while there’s also a well-resourced sporting arena, a basketball

stadium and an aquatic centre too. Finally, Joondalup’s Sister City is Jinan, in the People’s Republic of China. The two cities formalised a long-standing relationship in September 2004, in a ceremony which was broadcast on Jinan television. The City of Jinan is located in the Shandong Province and is home to over five million people. It's significant both culturally and historically, and is recognised as the birthplace of Chinese civilisation. Jinan is famous for its numerous springs and lakes and is known throughout China as the ‘Springs City’, something which Joondalup also enjoys with Lake Joondalup and other waterways dotting the area. PL

STUDENTS AND SHOPPING Top, Edith Cowan University's striking architecture adds a dash of variety to the Joondalup landscape. Above, the giant Lakeside Shopping Centre is set to become the biggest in WA when Myer opens a store in November.

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FOR SALE Mullaloo 25A Iluka Avenue

From $459,000

DREAMS DO COME TRUE You'll be singing to yourself 'I do love to be beside the seaside ' once you build your dream home to maximise the ocean views on this piece of rare earth located approx. 450m to the beautiful blue Indian ocean & a casual stroll to the Park, Dome cafe, Mullaloo Beach Hotel & Mullaloo surf club. CONTACT Pauline Lyon

Nollamara 1-8 , 22 Myimbar Way

STYLE & PRIVACY! Live your ideal life in this private and modern rear villa. Safe and securely positioned, located in the whisper quiet street of Milford Way, featuring open plan living, dining and kitchen with quality fixtures and fittings, it will be hard to pass this one.

Ocean Reef 1 Herreshoff Ramble

PHONE 0427 968 070 EMAIL

Nollamara 66c Milford Way

$435,000 - $455,000 bed 3 bath 1 car 1

Ocean Reef 12 Mead Cove

From $449,000

From $470,000

Ocean Reef 15B Watson Place

Build your dream home with outstanding ocean views on one of the best located blocks available in Ocean Reef. Three different block options ie located left or right hand side of the subdividable block or centre split. Owner will develop the block to suit your needs. Rear block is expected to be approximately 450 sqm. All options will give both front & rear blocks substantial ocean views.

Ocean Reef 2 Arne Court

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Don’t miss your opportunity to build your dream home on this prime land in the sought after costal suburb of Ocean Reef. This green titled block of 333sqm gives you ample space to work with. Fantastic location with close proximity to parklands, shops, restaurants and quality schools, including Ocean Reef High School and Ocean Reef Primary School, plus the Ocean Reef Marina only a short distance away. CONTACT Adam Mannino PHONE 0411 962 383 EMAIL

Build your dream home in this rare culdesac location, with masses of space for a substantial single or two storey home (a proposed single storey plan available on request) Fantastic location in a quiet culdesac surrounded by quality homes stroll to the beach & proposed ocean reef marina - or walk along the coast to Dome cafe for a coffee. Block size 540sqm approx. CONTACT Shane Capelli

CONTACT Shane Capelli PHONE Mobile EMAIL Email


$375,000 - $395,000

CONTACT David Weir PHONE 0402 930 908 EMAIL

PHONE 0410 339 499 EMAIL

Ocean Reef 2 / 8 Seltrust Place

bed 2 bath 1 car 1

DESIGNED WITH DISTINCTION, BUILT TO PERFECTION This pristine development situated on Myimbar Way is the best apartment living North of the river has to offer. Low maintenance, architecturally designed and views to kill make this the purchase of a lifetime. Buying “off the plan” not only gives you the opportunity to secure a BRAND NEW property, it allows you to watch your future come to life and be rest assured you will have the best fixtures, fittings and finish available today. CONTACT David Weir PHONE 0402 930 908 EMAIL

From $499,000 bed 4 bath 1 car 1

From $1,299,000 bed 5 bath 3 car 2

Fantastic location at the top of a quiet culdesac, opposite lovely parklands, New kitchen, freshly painted & easy care backyard. Call now for more information CONTACT Shane Capelli PHONE 0410 339 499 EMAIL

400sqm of inspired design ensures this exceptional family home has outstanding ocean views from most rooms & outdoor areas. With four generous living areas including a home theatre room, 3 outdoor entertaining areas, high ceilings, solid oak floors & quality fixtures this home is ideal for big families that love to entertain, or for those with parents living at home. CONTACT Shane Capelli Block 811 sqm Year 2004 PHONE 0410 339 499 EMAIL

FOR SALE Ocean Reef 26 Cringle Street

From $799,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Ocean Reef 30 Constellation Drive

From $599,000

With 3 spacious living areas, high ceilings, big bedrooms, great outdoors & a gorgeous outlook over parkland & ocean glimpses thru the tree tops this beautiful home is calling out for a big family to benefit from all it has to offer. Air con, ceiling fans, solar hot water, security alarm, security screen doors, garden shed & so much more!! Fabulous location, just a short stroll to all your amenities. Block size 802 sqm Year built 1988

Ocean Reef 26 Mainsail Drive

This west facing block will allow you to build your dream home to take advantage of ocean views from a second story whilst being surrounded by other high quality homes. A full size rectangular block with 20m frontage & 32m depth allows a build of almost any size or orientation. Block size 647 sqm - 20.1m frontage x 31.9m depth. Sensational location! CONTACT Shane Capelli

Osborne Park 10/69 Main Street

Immaculately presented 4 x 2 on a large 724sqm corner block with 2 living areas, ducted a/c, wood flooring & side access for boat or caravan.

Padbury 4 Barrallier Way

CONTACT Shane Capelli PHONE 0410 339 499 EMAIL

PHONE 0410 339 499 EMAIL

Padbury 1 Hubbard Drive

From $639,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 1

Padbury 5 Nile Court

From $569,000 bed 3 bath 1 car 2

From $989,000

CONTACT Jarrod O'Neil PHONE 0411 103 617 EMAIL

Nestled in a quiet cul-de-sac on a large 739sqm block, this newly renovated home is perfect for those looking to simply move straight in, pour a glass of wine & start enjoying life. 3 bed, renovated bathroom, spacious living, new kitchen, new window treatments throughout, new floor coverings, r/cycle air con, large outdoor entertaining, gazebo, big backyard for the kids or pets, retic, huge powered workshop with electric roller door & double carport with drive through access. CONTACT Jarrod O'Neil PHONE 0411 103 617 EMAIL

Build your dream home in one of Ocean Reefs best streets surrounded by other beautiful homes. Enjoy all the space & benefits this oversize, 1008sqm block has to offer or subdivide for profit & build 2 homes - both with fabulous views. Fantastic location just 1 house back from the beach & proposed Ocean Reef Marina & a short walk to beautiful parklands, local shops, St Simon Peter Primary, Beaumaris Primary & Prendiville Catholic College CONTACT Shane Capelli PHONE 0410 339 499 EMAIL

Low to Mid $200,000’s bed 1 bath 1 car 1

From $685,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Padbury 6 Hubbard Drive

From $585,000 bed 4 bath 1 car 2

This little 1 bed gem is ideally located with easy access to the freeway and close to public transport. This could be the perfect start for a First Homebuyer or an ideal inclusion into any investors portfolio. Features include living area opening onto balcony, ceiling fan plus split air conditioning unit, large bedroom with ceiling fan. CONTACT Paul Chang-Leng PHONE 0407 925 557 EMAIL

This beautifully renovated family home boasts all the necessities needed for families in todays lifestyle. Sitting on a large elevated block with ocean glimpses, loads of space & character its a home you can move straight into & enjoy! 4 bedrooms, renovated main bathroom, study, 2 separate living areas, renovated kitchen, ducted r/cycle air con, large outdoor entertaining area, reticulated low maintenance gardens, grassed area for the kids or pets, garden shed for extra storage, double garage with drive through access. CONTACT Jarrod O'Neil Land size: 770sqm approx. PHONE 0411 103 617 EMAIL

This light & bright home is brilliantly located on a large 696sqm block just a stones throw from leafy parklands. Boasting modern dcor, huge powered workshop or home studio and a spacious backyard with a large patio ready for outdoor entertaining. 4 bed, Renovated bathroom, 2 separate living areas, renovated kitchen, r/cycle air con & ceiling fans. big powered workshop, grassed area, outdoor entertaining, easy care reticulated gardens, double carport with potential drive through access & gas hot water system. CONTACT Jarrod O'Neil PHONE 0411 103 617 EMAIL october 14 | PRIMOLIFE


FOR SALE Padbury 22 Gregory Avenue

From $549,000 bed 3 bath 1 car 1

Padbury 25A Mason Way

From $599,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2

Piara Waters 9 Riviera Turn

From $599,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

This immaculately presented 3 bedroom home is perfect for those wanting most of the hard work to be done so they can just move in and make it their own! Renovated bathroom, spacious living with feature stone cladding, new flooring & wood heater, renovated kitchen, r/cycle air con, large blank canvas backyard, all seasons outdoor entertaining area, easy care gardens, powered workshop, garage with drive through access, side access for a boat or caravan. Situated on a large 684sqm block in a great location. CONTACT Jarrod O'Neil PHONE 0411 103 617 EMAIL

Padbury 248 Gibson Avenue

Only 7 years young this immaculately presented 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom home is sure to impress. Located in a quiet, elevated street this property is perfect for those looking for a modern home that's ready and waiting for you to simply move in & enjoy. Open plan living area, home theatre, spacious chefs kitchen, reverse cycle air con throughout & gas bayonet. electric roller shutters, gas hot water system, stunning alfresco area, reticulated low maintenance gardens, land size: 441sqm approx. CONTACT Jarrod O'Neil PHONE 0411 103 617 EMAIL

Padbury 66B Leichhardt Avenue

This stunning near-new residence occupies a position amongst other immaculate homes in the magnificent Riva Estate. Just seconds from the Piara Nature Reserve & close to Cockburn Central for shopping & public transport & freeway access. This fantastic property is perfectly positioned. Impressive is an understatement!

Port Kennedy 6 Georgina Road

CONTACTS Megan Stone/Wayne Hocking PHONE 0407 120 166/0414 863 854 EMAIL

R40 - World Class Development Site 3,033sqm. The opportunity Quinns Rocks secure this elevated 3,033sqm R40 development site 16 & 17 Royal James Court topositioned across two lots and situated within 100m of the


Indian Ocean. With a variety of development options, the potential to create multiple vacant land lots, or house and land packages based on the highest and best use, to realise the maximum return. CONTACT Carl Freeman PHONE 0408 793 037 EMAIL


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From $549,000 bed 4 bath 1 car 1

From $425,000 bed 3 bath 1 car 1

From $449,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Quinns Rocks 31 Sellar Elbow

From $399,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 1

An outstanding opportunity has arisen to secure this neat & tidy home situated on a large (TRIPLEX POTENTIAL) 720sqm block in the City of Joondalups Proposed Re-Zoning area. Perfect for the first home buyer or investor looking to secure something with possible future development potential. 4 bed, 1 bath, 2 separate living areas, big kitchen, solar electricity panels, large all seasons outdoor entertaining area, garage with drive through access, powered workshop/studio with roller door, garden sheds, potential to CONTACT Jarrod O'Neil convert to a 3 x 2 without changing PHONE 0411 103 617 the roof structure. EMAIL

This neat & tidy duplex is perfect for those wanting to downsize, purchase their first home or simply invest in the much sought after suburb of Padbury. Situated in an ultra-convenient location, close to all amenities you cant go wrong with this home! Spacious living with reverse cycle air con, gas bayonets for heating, gas hot water system, above ground swimming pool, large outdoor entertaining, drive through access, big grassed area, powered workshop, perfect lock up & leave home. CONTACT Jarrod O'Neil PHONE 0411 103 617 EMAIL

Now is the time for you to stop dreaming and start living in your very own 4 bedroom home. The inside of your new home has been uniquely designed with a defined study in the living area. With a sparkling blue pool you will be perfectly positioned to take advantage of the warm summer days and cool sea breezes Port Kennedy is so famous for. CONTACT Ken Gosper PHONE 0447 741 974 EMAIL

Make no mistake, owner says sell! This property represents exceptional value for money! A golden opportunity exists for an astute investor or entry level first home buyer to purchase this beautiful 4 bed, 2 bathroom residence set in cul-de-sac location. CONTACTS Steve Wilcox/Kathy McGurk PHONE 0421 277 366/0451 669 139 EMAIL

FOR SALE Quinns Rocks 60 Mintaro Parade

$680,000 - $695,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Rockingham 7 Dorado Court

From $339,000 bed 3 bath 1 car 1

Scarborough 101 Stanley Street

Contact Agent bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Scarborough 3/130 Gildercliffe Street

From $760,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2

Enjoy the sophisticated style living that this magnificent residence has to offer. Impeccably presented 4x2 + study home with an ingenious floor plan. This home has been designed to incorporate all that you could ever want. CONTACTS Kathy McGurk/Steve Wilcox PHONE 0451 669 139/0421 277 366 EMAIL

This large home is very secure with security roller shutters to all windows. The polished jarrah floors are exquisite; there is a split system in the main living area.Out the back is beautiful and peaceful, a bricked shed will house all your tools and a pond with water feature will help your relax while you look out of your garden with plentiful trees. CONTACT Michael Mocnaj PHONE 0437 907 150 EMAIL

Dress circle Location What a fantastic opportunity to secure this rare 4 bedroom + study, 2 bathroom brick & tile home in one of the most desired pockets of Scarborough. Perched on a large elevated 819m2 and zoned R25 with an awesome backyard, this is the perfect family home. These properties rarely come up for sale! CONTACT Sacha Daniel PHONE 0414 501 109 EMAIL

Flowing over an exceptionally well designed189sqm and capturing glimpses to the coast from the upstairs balcony, this is a residence with quality and position. Enjoy an easy 400 metre stroll to local cafes or relax in your light filled, spacious and open-plan living spaces. Featuring expansive light filled areas opening out onto the sun drenched north east facing court yard, perfect for year round entertaining. CONTACT Marcus Lord PHONE 0417 911 107 EMAIL

Ridgewood 10 Denham Way

$399,000 - $419,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2

Rockingham 7 Rothbury Parade

$575,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Scarborough 16/4 Sackville Terrace

from $399,000 - $429,000 bed 2 bath 1 car 1

Scarborough 91a Burniston Street

$840,000 -$870,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2

Be the 1st to view this stylish ultra-modern 3 bed x 2 bath home overlooking a beautiful park. With a large Main bedroom + Ensuite at the front of the house & 2 generously sized spare bedrooms with family bathroom at the rear. With a cosy open plan Kitchen, Living and Dining area that opens up to a private outdoor alfresco. CONTACT Tertius Du Toit PHONE 0416 239 306 EMAIL

This magnificently presented home is in the anchorage not far from shops, schools and the beach with park across the road to walk the dog or playground for the kids. It is rare to find a home with a 231m2 internal living area with separate lounge, family area, games room study and children s retreat and side access. CONTACT David Lomax PHONE 0409 084 940 EMAIL

First Home Buyers Joy!! This superbly renovated, 2 x 1 x 1 unit is the pick of the bunch in an elevated Scarborough complex which boasts first class parkland and valley views. Location Location!! CONTACT Mandy Bizzaca PHONE 0409 915 210 EMAIL

Much-loved and very well looked after, there is a sense of serenity when you walk inside this 3x2 street-front townhouse in desirable Burniston Street. With its classic design and spacious rooms, the beauty of the solid Blackbutt flooring and staircase sets the tone for the entire home. CONTACT Mandy Bizzaca PHONE 0409 915 210 EMAIL october 14 | PRIMOLIFE


FOR SALE Imagine living in a beachside apartment with Ocean views Scarborough the Scarborough foreshore buzzing on your doorstep. 101/170 The Esplanade and This two-bedroom apartment in the Sandcastles complex

Scarborough 172 Northstead Street

bed 2 bath 1 car 1

bed 4 bath 2 car 2


Secret Harbour 3 Altea Rise

Buyers Over $1,095,000 bed 5 bath 2 car 2

Secret Harbour 43 Lennox Drive

$410,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2

Singleton 40 Lookout Vista


ticks all the lifestyle boxes and more.

CONTACT Paul Kettle PHONE 0403 177 680 EMAIL

Located at the top of the hill in the sought after secluded Lagoon area with splendid panoramic ocean views on a huge 1085sqm block. This gracious five bedroom Atrium built property will fulfill all your dreams with 5 bedrooms,separate study, sunken lounge with bar and cosy fireplace. Master suite boast superb views across the Indian ocean. CONTACT Julie Pym PHONE 0411 436 537 EMAIL

HURRY - BEAT THE SUMMER RUSH ! Beautifully presented 3 x 2 property opposite Lennox reserve and close to Comet Bay early learning centre. Good looking, well designed property with theatre room and spacious living areas. Semi enclosed front yard offering privacy. CONTACT Julie Pym PHONE 0411 436 537 EMAIL

What an opportunity to build your dream home and enjoy the beach side living this block has to offer. Situated less than a kilometer from the stunning beaches of Singleton.

bed 3 bath 2 car 2 114

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CONTACT Melissa Mendes PHONE 0400 459 411 EMAIL

$899,000 - $929,000

Upmarket Townhouse with Ocean Views With a Mediterranean feel and fabulous Ocean views, this 4x2 home in Scarborough is much more than the average two-storey townhouse. You will love relaxing on the upstairs balcony and watching the sunsets, or spending time in the private front garden or the leafy rear courtyard. Conveniently located within walking distance of the vibrant Scarborough cafes, shops, Community centre, Library all with public transport just around the corner. Circle this One! CONTACT Mandy Bizzaca PHONE 0409 915 210 EMAIL

Bright and breezy 4 x 2 near new home situated in ideal Secret Harbour in ever popular Oceanside Break location. Offering a 3 Frenchmans Crescent location fantastic lifestyle with price tag to match is this spacious,

Buyers above $480,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Secret Harbour 9 La Palma Square

Buyers above $599,000 bed 4 bath 2

Sorrento 2 Arbery Avenue

$1,195,000 - $1,250,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

tasteful property with ample kitchen and living areas. Perfectly situated close to schools, shops , bar and restaurant, transport links and of course the premier Secret Harbour beach and rolling blue ocean. CONTACT Julie Pym PHONE 0411 436 537 EMAIL

Priced to sell immediately, you wont be able to resist this beauty, situated in fantastic La Palma Square dress circle location. Stunning newly renovated 4x2 property. Plenty of room for a pool or workshop situated on a large 748sqm block. CONTACT Julie Pym PHONE 0411 436 537 EMAIL

Don't miss this rare opportunity to purchase this solid brick and tile home on a large duplex potential 919sqm elevated block, zoned R20 with options galore. With a 38m street frontage, the site offers multiple development options (STCA) . For further information or to arrange an Exclusive appointment please contact Karen Riches. CONTACT Karen Riches PHONE 0408 646 651 EMAIL

FOR SALE Sorrento 75 Seacrest Drive

From $995,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Tapping 11 Scarfo Approach

$700,000 Negotiable bed 4 bath 2 car 2

The Vines 16 Lakefront Circle

From $469,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 1

Trigg 303 West Coast Drive

From $2,690,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Mint condition, ultra spacious 2 storey 4/5 bedroom, 2 bathroom family home in walking distance to the beach, park, cafes and Sacred Heart College. Some of the many features in this fantastic large family home are multiple living areas upstairs & down with the upstairs open plan family, meals, kitchen area flowing out to a wrap around timber decked balcony complete with stairs to the garden.

Southern River 84 Elkhorn Avenue

Very spacious 4x2 plus large study & activity quality home. Quality fittings & fixtures throughout plus sparkling below ground solar heated pool with glass fencing, pitched patio for all year round entertaining. Located in the elite Kestrel Estate, short walk to ST Stephens College and public state schools.

Tapping 18 Van Gogh Road

CONTACT Kathy Clement PHONE 0403 539 820 EMAIL

CONTACT Sandy Watts PHONE 0412 448 891 EMAIL

From $539,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2

From $529,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Absolute excellence in quality and design is this fantastic residence with its versatile floor plan and attention to detail. Spread across 2 levels, this stunning townhouse introduces a stylish appointed interior with quality finishes throughout, it is sure to impress. Low maintenance paved outdoor area, perfect for entertaining on those lovely warmer days, or sit on your balcony CONTACT Fiona Moir and enjoy the sun. PHONE 0429 294 850

Thornlie 23 Lavender Close

Look no further, this is the one youve been waiting for. Tucked into the hill in the best position to take in the Mettams Pool panorama, this north facing home was architect designed to offer all that a family could want without compromising the incredible water views. 3 of the 4 double bedrooms have sit up & see the ocean views from your pillow & the living areas, kitchen, meals, formal dining, family room , lounge & alfresco look into Mettams & these are on the lower levels!! CONTACT Les Lindsay PHONE 0407 420 384 EMAIL

Trigg 7 Fyfe Court


From $549,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 1

Price on Application bed 2 bath 1

TIME TO DOWNSIZE TO THIS BEAUTY Large and spacious 3 bed, 2 bath home all with built in robes, high ceilings, open plan living, galley style kitchen with breakfast bar, alarm, ducted air con, paved alfresco. Location is perfect with shops , transport, Bletchley park primary & Thornlie Christian College all walking distance away CONTACT Jemima Botha PHONE 0416 406 410 EMAIL

Are you someone that loves entertaining , then this beautifully presented 4 x 2 is definitely for you! Boasting spacious open plan indoor living and a huge outdoor patio ideal for 'all year' round entertaining overlooking the very inviting 'spa area'. This lovely abode is sure to please every member of the family. CONTACT Valerie Boyle PHONE 0404 864 932 EMAIL


The benefits of owning this premium piece of land in Trigg are enough to make the heart quicken with excitement. Occupying 584 m2 in a quiet cul-de-sac in Sandringham Estate, this prized area is a place where luxury and lifestyle go hand in hand. The location here is brilliant. Scarborough Beach is enviably close, with a walkway providing safe and easy access to the Coast and the exciting foreshore development area. CONTACT Paul Kettle PHONE 0403 177 680 EMAIL october 14 | PRIMOLIFE


FOR SALE Tuart Hill 47B Federal Street

From $495,000 bed 3 bath 1 car 1

Located in the sought after suburb of Tuart Hill, this very neat and tidy 3 x 1 villa, with its own street frontage, is perfect for either first home buyers or the astute investor. There are no strata management or fees to contend with. Features include a spacious carpeted living area, bedrooms all with BIR, a large courtyard & unique timber floor boards throughout. CONTACT Craig Currie PHONE 0401 097 177 EMAIL

Tuart Hill From $395,000 bed 2 bath 1 car 1

Waikiki 18 Dundas Court

$339,000 bed 3 bath 1 car 1

Warnbro 21 Summer Hill Place

$425,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Watermans Bay 87A West Coast Drive

$ 1,695,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2 116

Your new home is tucked away in a nice and quiet leafy cul-de-sac making this the perfect place to live. When you are outside enjoying the first of the sea breezes a new patio and sparking blue pool make the perfect environment to relax and/or entertain. CONTACT Ken Gosper PHONE 0447 741 974 EMAIL

This lovely home with attractive frontage is good value and is priced to sell, on the beach side of Warnbro Sound. A central kitchen is the hub of the living space, from the games room walk out to a large color bond paved patio space overlooking the sparkling salt pool. CONTACTS Helen York/Graham York PHONE 0467 773 977 EMAIL

Limited opportunities arise to own your own piece of the West Coast especially at such an affordable price point.m This residence is set back from the road on a 477sqm survey Strata lot plus driveway giving you a peaceful privacy that only a few can enjoy, while absorbing the magnificent ever changing views of our beautiful coastline and those stunning Indian sunsets. CONTACT Jeff Coghill

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PHONE 0412 928 643 EMAIL

Superb Investment The careful owner of this immaculately presented villa wishes to rent back on a long term lease making this a care free investment to add to your portfolio. Featuring 2 bedrooms - main with triple built-in robe & ceiling fan, semi en-suite bathroom, renovated kitchen, quality drapes & tiles to living, roller shutters to front, security screens & rear courtyard with covered patio.

Warnbro 7 Menora Loop

$439,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Wembley Downs 150 Colin Road

Contact Agent

Laura Grimes 0400 228 824

Nestled away in a quiet street and located in the seaside suburb of Warnbro is your very own 200m2 floor plan 4 bedroom 2 bathroom home on a generous 553m2 lot. This is the lifestyle that you have been looking for at a price you can afford. CONTACT Ken Gosper PHONE 0447 741 974 EMAIL

Rarely will you find such a unique opportunity. This is the complete package; land already retained and ready to build on; private and elevated with a fantastic serene country outlook and feel, all within a safe and friendly suburb offering a coastal lifestyle, convenient location close to the city, and future growth. CONTACT Sam Mannino PHONE 0402 822 457 EMAIL | p: 9273 8977 Licensee Evolution Settlements Pty Ltd T/A Evolution Settlements Licensed Real Estate Settlement Agent ABN 30 528 638 171

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FOR SALE Wembley 54 McKenzie Street

End Date Sale bed 4 bath 2 car 1

1930s character home with high ornate ceilings, timber framed leadlight windows and doors throughout, get ready to fall in love with this beautifully renovated family home. Nestled in one of the most sought after streets in Wembley, this property and its location simply cant be faulted! CONTACT Dean Bradley PHONE 0411 110 779 EMAIL

Wembley 67 Lake Monger Drive

From $2,395,000 bed 5 bath 3 car 3

Overlooking the tranquil and iconic Lake Monger, this large family home in one of Perths premier locations has stunning day time views across the tranquil water of Lake Monger and picturesque green parklands plus the twinkling lights over the suburbs in the evenings. Set back on a handy access way, this perfectly located home has shops, cafes, restaurants and excellent schools all close by, plus easy access to the city, two railway stations and the freeway. CONTACTS Simon Neilson/Kathy Hamilton PHONE 0403 909 256/0408 950 085 EMAIL

This first floor furnished unit provides the perfect start to a Wembley Homebuyer or a great addition to an investor's portfolio. K18/125 Herdsman Parade First Set in a lush garden environment, this unit includes; Spacious

These lovely homes offer; Westminster Street Facing & Private Rear Villas 29A,B,C,D Hartfield Way Both Fully Rendered

bed 2 bath 1 car 1

bed 3 bath 2 car 2

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Winthrop 11 Harper Place

Expressions Of Interest bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Woodvale 21 Panzano Circuit

$699,000 - $739,000 bed 3 bath 2 car 2 118

open plan living, 2 good sized bdrms, Bright bathroom w/ laundry facilities, functional kitchen layout, generous balcony, pool, gym and tennis court on site. CONTACT Shaun Pettit PHONE 0411 725 511 EMAIL

From $449,000

LOCATION LOCATION! Situated at the end of a peaceful cul-de-sac you will find this spacious 4 bed 2 bath (plus study) home on a generous 830sqm. It is located in the sought after Applecross High School Zone and is just a short stroll to Winthrop Primary School, Winthrop Shopping Centre, Piney Lakes Reserve, numerous parks and public transport. CONTACT Julie Forrest

Woodridge 168 Nicklaus Avenue

If you have been looking for a special treat then you may wish to view this immaculately presented and well designed home tucked away in a private spot within one of Woodvale's newest estates. The moment you step inside you will appreciate the quality & thought that has gone in to making this house a family home.

Yanchep 9 Sugarbush Way

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$599,000 bed 3 bath 1 car 4

From $415,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

Fully Fitted & Ultra-Modern Kitchen Stainless Steel appliances Quality Tiles to Main Living Areas

CONTACTS Gayle Fitzmaurice/Ray D'Costa PHONE 0437 180 094/0403 165 936 EMAIL

This fantastic 3x1 spacious home set on a mainly flat 6.1 acre block has been predominantly cleared with plenty of blackbutt and native tree stands making the land very useble. It features loads of extras that represent great value and can have you living off the land and saving money on everyday costs and utilities CONTACT Tracy Kriwopischin PHONE 0419 998 306 EMAIL

Move in & relax in this stylish, affordable four bedroom, two bathroom home with a home theatre room, open plan kitchen meals and family area, double lock up garage and outdoor alfresco. The home is close to transport, shops and close to local beaches. CONTACT Lee Parkinson PHONE 0422 233 484 EMAIL

FOR SALE What a pleasure to present this superb property overlooking Yanchep City Golf Course offering modern family living in a private 13/146 St Andrews Drive Sun estate, in touch with nature and allowing you to watch

Yanchep 133 Lagoon Drive

bed 4 bath 2 car 2

bed 4 bath 2 car 2

From $565,000

Yanchep 15 Newlyn Place

HIGH $300,000'S bed 3 bath 1 car 1

Kangaroos and Emus from the privacy of your balcony at sunset. CONTACT Peggy Middelveld PHONE 0415 566 825 EMAIL

Genuine sellers!!! Want a sea change and tree change? You will with this three bedroom, one bathroom house on a spacious 811 sqm block. Fantastic cul-de-sac location backing onto bushlands and only a short walk to Lagoon beaches, parklands, primary and high schools and the newly built Yanchep shopping centre. CONTACT Tammy Peard PHONE 0448 803 741 EMAIL

From $585,000

Yanchep 51 Jerrail Street

From $499,000 bed 4 bath 2 car 2

THE ULTIMATE in beachstyle and outdoor living here! Located in prestigious Ocean Lagoon Estate, only meters from the pristine beach this supersized family home sits on massive 750sqm prime coastal land with OCEAN VIEWS from the back! CONTACT Peggy Middelveld PHONE 0415 566 825 EMAIL

What a rare find! Brand new family home on big 571sqm block and room for pool&play AND big workshop/shed incl. drive through access! Offering the best of both worlds, modern family living plus great outdoors. CONTACT Peggy Middelveld PHONE 0415 566 825 EMAIL

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2 Houses - River Frontage $960,000 Gorgeous federation home on Preston Riverfront on 8.49ha in Argyle. Restored jarrah home with large rooms, blackbutt kitchen and wraparound verandahs. Second modern 2 storey, 2 bed, 1 bath home with open plan and soaring ceilings. Horse property, sheds galore, water allocation. Rich soils, native bush, well maintained property. Perfect for B & B retreat, just 25mins from Bunbury. Argyle

Larisa Tomuli M: 0438 272 932 P: 9792 1888

Secluded Forest Lifestyle $685,000 Located on the high side of Calkarri Drive opposite the Leeuwin Naturaliste National Park this 2.5ha property has superb seclusion, inlet views, majestic karri trees and a fabulous country style 3 bedroom plus loft home. Beauty, comfort, seclusion, views - they’re all here.


Alf Fandry M: 0407 441 140 P: 9758 0300

“Sebel Resort” Beachside Unit $440,000 Holiday in the “Sebel Resort” located on the beach between Dunsborough and Busselton. A modern and classy 3 bed, 2 bath unit with outdoor area. Fully managed resort with pools and tennis court.


Debbie Bridges M: 0417 186 018 P: 9756 8888

Timbered Treat $245,000 Superb 1281sqm lightly timbered property with 22m frontage and 57m northern aspect. Gently sloping from east down to the road on the west, this lot may be the one for you. Backing onto attractive bushland and fronting a quiet cul-de-sac. Enjoy the walk and bike trails and revel in the space and freshness of the bushland. Call to inspect today. Cowaramup

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Mark Murray M: 0427 030 301 P: 9755 5123


Outstanding Location $545,000 One block back from the beach and tucked away behind shrubbery is this older style 3 bed, 1 bath home. There is a separate lounge/dining overlooked by the kitchen. Extensions have added a spacious family area plus a second storey activity room with ocean views. There is a large workshop at the rear of the home. This has real potential. Augusta

Gordon Junor M: 0427 552 017 P: 9758 0300

Baywatch Manor - House and Manor! $1.095M Baywatch Manor - FREEHOLD - This business nets approx $80,000pa. It includes a separate 3 bed, 2 bath manager’s house. It has fabulous river and ocean views, and is located in the town centre. If you’re not ready to retire fully, or looking for a sea change check this opportunity out now! Augusta

Alf Fandry M: 0407 441 140 P: 9758 0300

On The Ocean - Majestic Mansion $2.65M Right on the beach with the sand dunes, ocean, dolphins and whales as your neighbours. Architect designed that features ballroom size master bed, spa and views of the ocean and marina plus second bed with its own ensuite. Gourmet kitchen, meals, family/theatre room, all overlooking the ocean and the massive balcony. Words and photos do not do justice to this property. Bunbury

Rosemary Lynch M: 0418 932 546 P: 9792 1888

Distillery/Reception Centre $1.89M as going concern In the heart of the Margaret River wine region, ‘Ellensbrook Cottages’ offers 4 boutique chalets, but this can be extended as the owners have secured a separate title subdivision to further develop the site. This includes the establishment of a distillery, 6 additional chalets and a Reception Centre incorporating a shop space and restaurant. There is also approval for a second home on Lot 2. Cowaramup

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A Down South Pad $455,000 Located in a secure gated complex in central Dunsborough. 3 large bed, 2 bath, low maintenance townhouse. Small garden, A/C in living area. Complex has double tennis court plus swimming pool. Holiday let or live in permanently.


Tony Branch M: 0408 921 812 P: 9756 8888

The Room with a View $685,000 A modern 3 bed, 2 bath, 2 WC, 2003 custom built home located in the Country Club Estate in a quiet cul-de-sac. The ideal private positioning has a captivating outlook through the trees onto the golf course with its abundant birdlife and plethora of kangaroos. This property would make a fantastic permanent home or an ideal low maintenance lock and leave holiday getaway. Dunsborough

Chris Stott M: 0477 091 371 P: 9756 8888

Immaculate Quality Home $895,000 Near new, 4 bed, 2 bath spacious residence on 821sqm block with gated access to private, fully fenced backyard with parking area for boat/caravan. Features include 3 living areas, ducted A/C, timber flooring, alfresco area, double lock up garage UMR and magnificent landscaped, reticulated lawns and gardens. This is a terrific family property in the popular Cape Rise area of quality homes. Dunsborough

Peter De Chiera M: 0418 931 206 P: 9756 8888

2 Dwellings, 2 Garages, 2 Entrances $699,000 This property is in the heart of Port Geographe. It boasts a first-class marina, close to the beach and is currently undergoing a $28M foreshore upgrade. The main dwelling is a spacious 4 bed, 2 bath home with massive alfresco and 5KW solar power system. The second dwelling is a 1 bed, 1 bath self-contained unit. All on a 835sqm block - perfect set-up for sharing with older parents, or possibly, teenagers. Geographe

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Dunsborough Beach Cottages $475,000 This 3 bed, 1 bath villa has direct beach access and is easy walking to town. Featuring 2 queen sized bedrooms with an upstairs level as bedroom 3. With open plan living, wood fire heating, split system A/C and an outdoor entertaining area. This villa comes furnished, ready for your next holiday with a swimming pool and playground, and onsite managers so your investment is kept safe. Dunsborough

Ross Sorgiovanni M: 0419 949 852 P: 9756 8888

The Beach House $745,000 With 3 living zones and 4 big bedrooms, there is more than meets the eye to this character home. Positioned just one street back from the blue waters of Geographe Bay and popular Centennial Park as well as only being a short 5min walk to town, makes this property the ultimate holiday home or rental investment property. Situated on an easy care 535sqm block, it is the perfect, relaxed down south getaway. Dunsborough

Louis De Chiera M: 0418 909 899 P: 9756 8888

Optimum Location – Ultimate Luxury $1.595M Double impact. Dane Design and Studium by Todd Huxley award winning combination. Designer elements of raw beach-washed elevation and luxury fittings and features have been choreographed to create a contemporary beachside haven amongst an unmatched coastal location, creating an easy care, low maintenance escape on the edge of Geographe Bay. Dunsborough

Tony Farris M: 0417 951 838 P: 9756 8888

Multi Use Beach Property $975,000 Just a stones throw from the waters edge at popular Gnarabup Beach, sits this versatile split level home. Comprising 4 bed, 3 bath, 2 kitchens and a large free standing games room. The private outdoor entertaining areas wrap around the property and enclose the low maintenance gardens. All in all you have plenty of options for living, renting, holidaying or all of the above! Gnarabup

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Morena Bamber M: 0407 203 072 P: 9780 5777


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Blank Canvas, Great Location! $425,000 & $435,000 2 separate 1ha lots with large building envelopes, rural outlook and private battleaxe entrance. A blank canvas inviting you to build your dream home and establish the property! Located in a sought after area between town and beach, you will be purchasing your own piece of country living in a convenient location. Power, water, and telephone will be supplied to both blocks. Titles to be issued approx April/May 2015. Margaret River

Ken Preston M: 0418 747 932 P: 9780 5777

Wilderness Cottage $695,000 Holiday perfect, with a small footprint, but loads of room upstairs, and a big patio. The 3.44ha Wilderness bush lot is 7km from Margaret River and 4km from Prevelly. The solar panels feed the grid, roof sprinklers are supplied by both petrol and electric pumps, and a bore has good water. 2 large, lockable sheds have power, lights and concrete floors. The house is surrounded by native gardens and fruit trees. Margaret River

Bob Scott M: 0438 907 656 P: 9780 5777

Secluded Botanical Retreat $1.075M Hidden away on a majestic 3.01ha (7.4ac), you will barely notice your neighbours in your own private oasis, with its own winter creek. A beautiful and tranquil garden matched with a substantial rammed earth and timber home and plenty of infrastructure, make this a truly unique property. The home has solar panels, solar hot water, Jarrahdale wood stove with wetback and multiple water tanks. Margaret River

Chris Jarrott M: 0402 906 726 P: 9780 5777

Take Your Breath Away $770,000 Huge entrance, gable ceilings, timber floors to the living area, open plan family/meals/kitchen, study, theatre and games room, 1340sqm - it’s the perfect family residence. Ducted vacuum system, ducted heating and cooling throughout. Plenty of room for the caravan, boat or trailer plus a double garage. Shopping centre, medical facilities, leisure centre, football oval, bowling club and Collie River all nearby. Millbridge

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Outstanding Aspect $645,000 Wake up to this every morning. Sunshine, birds singing and tucked away on 1.5ha of beautiful, land with a 2 bed, 2 bath holiday cottage or small home. Includes double bay powered garage/workshop and well planned water supply. 10mins from Margaret River town centre. The house is timber frame so easy to extend if you require more accommodation. Margaret River

Susan Millar M: 0417 958 028 P: 9780 5777

Unique Margaret River Property $810,000 This beautiful property nearing 12 years old on 2000sqm is nestled amongst trees, and is next door to a picturesque bush reserve. Its construction is of rammed earth, mixed with timber. The 5 bedroom property including a self contained studio is a house which just keeps on surprising you with its features, such as the wine cellar under the staircase and the ocean themed bathroom sinks. Margaret River

Shane Galbraith M: 0407 579 286 P: 9780 5777

Style, Simplicity and Seclusion $1.45M You will feel like you are on holiday everyday living on this beautiful property offering charm, sophistication and solitude. This classic rammed earth home, beautifully modernised, faces north overlooking tall timbers and is surrounded by private gardens. Located between town and beach, and including additional features such as jarrah studio and large shed with accommodation. Margaret River

Clare Andrews M: 0448 023 265 P: 9780 5777

Stunning Home - Stunning Value! $645,000 This is an outstanding home packed with features and extras, a wood panelled entry, study and spacious games/family room with wood fire. There are 4 bedrooms with walk in or built in robes and 2 bathrooms. It has a generous deck, and 2 garages. It also has an optional hydroponics greenhouse. It features solid timber flooring, wood panelling and many other extras. This is a must to inspect. Molloy Island

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Blessed with some of the most beautiful coastal scenery in the south west, Prevelly is becoming one of the region’s favourite places to invest in property for a holiday or for keeps, says Stocker Preston’s John Mondy.

Spotlight on..


Prevelly is a small coastal village that punches way above its weight, offering some of the best experiences for anybody and everybody who appreciates its mix of rugged beauty and great beaches with those million-dollar views across the Indian Ocean included as standard. Nestled in beautiful Margaret River, this corner of the Indian Ocean coastline is blessed with some of the cleanest waters anywhere around, coupled with some of the best surf breaks in the world. It also attracts a regular passing population of migrating whales, many of whom can be spotted very close to land making it the ideal place to spend a few sublime hours enjoying this natural show of marine-based grace and grandeur. Home to the Telstra Drug Aware Pro surfing competition, Prevelly becomes the hub of the glamorous worldwide surfing circuit during the competition, attracting  professional surfers from across the globe to compete at the world-renowned Surfers Point, Southsides and the Box. In addition to providing challenging surfing opportunities, for those who’d rather watch Prevelly has some of the best cafes in the region, with Seagardens providing a fantastic menu coupled with a cosy environment and great outside dining with awesome ocean views. The White Elephant is a beachside cafe with a great reputation, offering great food and coffee in a casual friendly environment with spectacular view across the bay to


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HISTORIC SETTING The Greek chapel on Mitchell Drive was built as a tribute to the soldier who named Prevelly after the Prevli monastery in Crete. Right, John Mondy.

the point and beyond. And if you’re after a place with real atmosphere, then Gnarabar is a venue loved by the locals and tourists for a great meal, casual drink and fantastic live music and DJs. Prevelly’s name comes from an unexpected source. Geoffrey Edwards, an Australian soldier given shelter by monks during World War II in Crete named the spot after the Preveli monastery on the Greek island. The Greek chapel on Mitchell Drive was constructed as a tribute to his rescue, and it’s a lovely spot. Prevelly Park caravan park is a large part of the community providing great camping grounds or self-contained

accommodation, as well as a store that provides you with everything you need for a great holiday away from home. Rifle Butts park, tucked just behind the dunes, has great playground facilities, toilets and BBQs .With its beachside pathways, cafes and accommodation and sweeping ocean views,some would say that Prevelly lays claim to being the ultimate getaway for beach lovers. Surfers Point is not only a mecca for surfers but it is also a popular place for locals and tourists a like to sit back and watch the

spectacular sunsets over the Indian Ocean that Prevelly offers up. Great access to the ocean via a boatramp at the southern end of the bay allows those keen to test their skills to get out behind the reef and fish all up and down the coast. Prevelly, which is home to around 160 people, is only ten minutes from the Margaret River townsite and there is a daily school bus service that delivers kids to the local schools in Margaret River and Busselton. Margaret River is a well known region throughout the world and caters for all the needs and wants of the locals and tourists. Thanks to its proximity to this world famous spot, Prevelly is not only home to some of the best beaches in the world it is also on the doorstep of  the  stunning wineries such as Leeuwin,Voyager, Xanadu, Vasse Felix and Cullen Wines. Margaret River Golf Club is also just up the road and there’s easy access to the beautiful Margaret River itself for canoeing, fishing, marroning etc. Prevelly’s property market is tightly held, but does represent some of the best value beachside property on the south west coast. Vacant blocks are a scarce commodity and currently there is a range from $595,000 for a 1100sqm up to $995,000 for

a premium 2000sqm block with sweeping 180-degree ocean views on Prevelly’s most exclusive address - Chapel Place. Houses currently on the market range from $820,000 for a 3 x 1 beach cottage up to $1.35m for a 4 x 2 with stunning ocean views. All property in Prevelly is generally within easy walking distance of the beach, cafes and shop and there is a cycletrack all the way to Margaret River and easy access

to the cape to cape walk track. I have owned property in Prevelly for over 15 years and lived there permanently for ten years, a decision I have never regretted. All of us that live in Prevelly know that it offers the best lifestyle and location, that’s why we live or holiday here. My family and I decided years ago to stop the holidays and make it our home. We have never looked back. PL

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Prevelly’s best and most prestigious address. This elevated 2000sqm block is tucked away up behind the historic Greek Chapel, that was constructed by Mr Geoffrey Edwards as a permanent reminder of the debt of gratitude owed to the Cretan people by the allied soldiers who fought on Crete during the war. 1 Chapel Place boasts some of the best views along the west coast with sweeping ocean views to the north and south and an easy walk to the cafes, shop and arguably the best swimming beaches and surf breaks in the south west. Take the opportunity to invest and live a lifestyle in Prevelly that is enjoyed by a few but aspired to by many.

John Mondy M: 0427 440 671 E:

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Pedro & Lisa Turibaka

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Lifestyle Like No Other From $705,000 Very appealing home on over 0.2ha (1/2ac) which has been designed for easy living with views from every room. Shared ownership of a magnificent 127.8ha (316ac) property with wildlife, tranquil bushland and access to a pristine beach. That is only the beginning with tennis courts and a community meeting/games shed. Forget the rat race – this is the place to be. Myalup

Alf Mainstone M: 0402 026 608 P: 9792 1888

Peppy Tree House $549,000 This gorgeous 3 bed, 2 bath ‘tree-house’ surrounded by shady peppy trees awaits your presence. Flaunting lush restful gardens, a bubbling water feature and a large wrap-around verandah. Step inside and you will discover a charming and fully furnished holiday home, all ready for you to either move in and enjoy permanently or rent out and benefit from instant income. Peppermint Grove Beach Larisa Tomuli M: 0438 272 932 P: 9792 1888

Best of South Bunbury $370,000 - $390,000 Affordable and fabulous! Tastefully renovated brick and tile home with separate lounge and open plan kitchen/dining. Situated privately at the beach end of Hakea Cres. Bedrooms are spacious and freshly carpeted. Lovely, fully reticulated garden with garden beds, fruit trees, etc. The vibe here is clean, modern, functional and friendly! Great for the family, and investors should not pass this by. South Bunbury

Alf Mainstone M: 0402 026 608 P: 9792 1888

Into Self Sufficiency? $335,000 This lovely 3 bed, 1 bath home has just about everything for the self sufficient person. Solar panels, very large shade house with raised bed veggie garden, ceiling fans in living and bedrooms, S/S A/C, large powered workshop and garden shed. Set high in a very nice part of Withers within walking distance to the beach. Easycare native front garden and lovely backyard. 2 car secure parking. Withers

Susan Langoulant M: 0403 216 230 P: 9792 1888

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On the Water $1.449M A few steps from your backyard is the inlet with views out through ‘the cut’ to the Indian Ocean. Spectacular 5 bed, 3 bath family home with stunning blackbutt flooring and numerous living areas. Upstairs consists of the master suite, living area and outside balcony with decking to watch the ships and small boats head out to sea. Low maintenance gardens, storage area and double garage complete the picture. Pelican Point

Rosemary Lynch M: 0418 932 546 P: 9792 1888

Conservation and Farming P/L 100 $420,000, P/L 101 $780,000 Take the opportunity to invest in and enjoy the lifestyle that is represented by these incredible blocks. Lot 100 is a registered conservation lot with 10ha of pristine bush, 5ha of pasture with a powered building envelope that faces onto the beautiful Scott River. Lot 101 is 80ha of farm land that has river frontage, and with the artesian bore and spring-fed dam could be used for a number of different enterprises. Scott River

John Mondy M: 0427 440 671 P: 9780 5777

The Business Triangle is Complete $295,000 incl. GST Vasse is now the final point that connects Busselton to Dunsborough. Your business will thrive with this centrally located double height industrial unit totalling 220sqm. This includes a 140sqm warehouse, a 18sqm office, a 30sqm mezzanine, and 2 official car bays. Make your move today. Vasse

Justin Geracitano M: 0423 524 524 P: 9755 5123

Red Hot Investment - Lock and Leave Suit Buyers Low $400,000’s This modern 2012 built home is big enough for the family with its spacious 4 bed, 2 bath and is directly overlooking the landscaped parkland across the road. With its private home theatre, alfresco, large kitchen and ducted zoned A/C, this is the perfect hassle free home in the stunning Provence location. Invest or Nest! Yalyalup

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Joe Jordanoff M: 0498 935 086 P: 9756 8888


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CQ VIP SS14 LAUNCH Perth's fashion-loving fans flocked to Claremont Quarter for the SS14 launch party, enjoying a pop-up champagne and whisky bar, artisan food stations, tunes from FADJ and a SS14 fashion showcase hosted by The West Australian's STYLE editor Pip Christmass. Sambag founder Sam Wagner launched 'The story of...Sambag',

a bespoke installation that shared insight into the brand's creation and SS14 collection, and the VIPs lapped up the special offers from over 65 retailers across fashion, food, home and lifestyle. Some partygoers also took advantage of a free ride with Uber, the new limo transport service which drove guests home in the same style as the fashionable new trends they had enjoyed during the night.

Nicole Jameson and Michelle Rimmer

Partygoers loved the new season look

Hawaiian CEO Russell Gibbs and Sambag Founder Sam Wagner Stylish and right on trend

Carla Wray and Jana Tann

Kate O’Hara and Leanne Smith

Samantha Ross

Elizabeth Clarke and Pip Christmass

Tanya Stapleton & Bryan Hughes Leigh Forsey & James Taylor

ALTITUDE BALL One of WA's favourite charities - the Royal Flying Doctors - threw one of the best parties in town, raising heaps of money for the essential emergency service during a night full of music and laughter. Kate Ceberano brought an extra note of glamour in her Aurelio Costarella gown, singing all her hits for the guests.


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Kim & Mark Lendich

Paige Morley & Elisa Hylton-Potts

Paul & Gaby Sunita

THE STORY OF ASIAN COUTURE Top Asian couturier Frederick Lee held an exclusive runway show at Claremont Quarter as part of the Perth Fashion Festival. Lee's only runway show while in Australia, the audience lapped up the designer's stunning creations, appreciating the artistry in each and every piece.

Geoff Walker, Jennie Geisker-Walker & Jamie Robinson

Willabelle Ong

Doug & Roma Brooks

Emily Hwang

Diane Pernet & Frank Cintamani

Anna Julian

Tania Hollingsworth, Tony Sage & Sandy Anghie

Cassie Silver & Rickey Botes

Jennifer Keen, Cathy Mitchell, Carla Shearman and Ryan Spark

Russell Gibbs & Nigel Satterley

Peter Harris, Gary Knights, Cathy Mitchell, Jennifer Keen, Bianca Geale, Ryan Spark, Gabrielle Martelli, Jasmine Fudge, Carla Shearman, Belinda Newman, Kaye Hopkins and Alex Baker (photographs by Tony McDonough)

PRIA PR AWARDS Local PR hothouse PPR scooped a clutch of awards at the recent PRIA PR Awards. The team of talented individuals received the award for Community Relations for their St Bart's Homeless for a Day campaign, as well as the Low Cost/Pro Bono Award for Purple Bra Day. Such was the team's delight they even managed to pull off an 'Ellen-style' group selfie. october 14 | PRIMOLIFE


home truths

by matthew mills

Birthday boys and girls

Forward planning is the key if you don’t want to end up with spending big time on your kids’ birthdays - something Matthew Mills failed to do.

By the time Oli’s comes around, I’m actually a bit over the whole birthday thing. That’s quite an admission, I know – and I do try my best to keep my enthusiasm levels high – but the horrible truth is that by his big day I’m pretty birthdayed out. It’s so not the little chap’s fault, of course. No, the blame lies fairly and squarely at the feet of me and my wife and our ridiculously bad planning, family wise – a trait which has somehow managed to land us six birthdays in eight very short and very expensive weeks. There are seven of us, you see, me, my wife, our four sons and our little girl, and only Sam, the 12-year-old, celebrates his special day outside a birthday season that opens in the first week of August and draws to a close on the last day of September. Like I say, fantastically bad planning on our part – and, it has to be said, an embarrassing insight into what us Millses get up to over Christmas and the new year. (Do the math, people, and you’ll see where I’m going with that.) As I’m writing this, we’re nearing the end of it all. There’s just 10 days to go till Oli gets to wake up a year older – I know that because he’s rocking pre-primary numeracy right now which means he can keep a very vocal countdown, reminding all and sundry every twenty minutes or so just how long there is to go. Just last night, my wife and I were


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discussing it and, though upbeat, I could sense a touch of weariness in her too. The thing is, we’ve still got the cards up from the last one and the thought of starting preparations afresh for the next is a tad daunting. The only thing I can compare it to is the production of this magazine. It’s busy, busy, busy getting everything organised then you have a brief moment of completion elation and suddenly you’re looking at the deadline for the next one. The other problem – again a consideration when putting together PRIMOLife – is that we can’t simply do the same thing over and over again, each one has to be different if it’s going to be successful. Birthday-wise, our first challenge is Henry’s, our eldest. At 19, he’s at that stage where most everything my wife and I do is pretty lame in his eyes, so picking a celebration path can be a minefield – a situation that’s compounded by the fact that a part of him is still a big kid so simply containing the whole affair to a tasteful card is out of the question. Basically, he wants presents and a treat, but whatever we serve up may well result in a bit of teenage eyerolling. Rock and a hard place, anyone? Also, Henry entered gainful employment a while ago so everything he desires he has bought himself, meaning there’s not much left for us to hunt down and wrap up. A tough one to open with then, but I think we managed. For presents, we went down the ironic road – a bobble-head version of Game of Thrones heroine Arya, a mug in the shape of a skull, that kind of thing. We topped that up with a six-pack of his favourite pear cider and let him off the financial contribution he grudgingly makes to the household and gathered his grandparents, girlfriend and siblings in the backyard to toast his health before letting him head off into the night with his mates. One down, then, but a couple of weeks later we’re back again with Felix. At 17, not quite as much of a headache – among his gifts were many practical things he

needed for his newly-landed bricklaying apprenticeship, stuff we’d have shelled out for anyway, so the timing for this one at least was good. Dinner in a posh restaurant was treat enough for our easiest going child. Next, though, was the nightmare week – my wife on the Tuesday and my daughter on the Friday. How I let this state of affairs happen, I will never know. I’m not insensitive enough to know that kitchen utensils aren’t generally appreciated by one’s better half – the idea of ‘here’s a breadboard, now go make me a sandwich’ is not really likely to keep the romance alive – but it’s difficult to source enough gifts to ensure every child has one to hand over without falling back on a pair of purple tongs. But still, I think the mix of practical and pretty I picked out hit the spot, so we were quickly onto Daisy’s big day. As the resident princess, hers is the highlight of birthday season – and the most draining on our credit cards. This year the big prize was a pair of guinea pigs. Not expensive on their own, I grant you, but setting up their hutch and other bits and pieces hits the bank balance – not as hard as two tickets to 1D next year, which she also desired and received, but hard enough. The treat was two friends round for sleepover and a loud, fun lunch at Grill’d. A big success, then, but frantic and a touch tiring, which meant it was fortunate mine was next as we could calm things down a bit. I like my advancing years celebrated quietly, so a nice bottle of wine outside with the kids around me was more than enough. Present-wise, I twist my wife’s arm to be thrifty and to think practical rather than fancy. It’s something she’s become quite good at – one year I got a shower curtain. So, that brings us up to speed, with just one more to go – and by the time you read this it will probably have gone. I’m guessing it’ll be loud, exhausting and maybe even a little more expensive than I’d like but, for all my weariness, I know it will actually be brilliant – as, with hindsight, they all have been. After all, what’s a birthday if you can’t put happy in front of it? PL

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PRIMOLife October 2014  

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